Wind Powered Car
When one thinks of the first wind-powered car, one naturally
thinks of the physics and mechanics of such an automobile. There
are actually two first wind powered cars depending upon one's
point of view. The purist may consider the Inventus Ventomobile
to be the first wind powered 3-wheel car since a wind turbine
is actually located on the vehicle itself.
The wind powered vehicle was an experiment by some German students
in 2008 built for the Aeolus Race in The Netherlands. The Ventomobile
(pictured on top) carried a 2-meter wind turbine with has two
blades on top of the vehicle and actually worked well for its
The second "first wind-powered car" is actually an electric
vehicle. The wind turbine that will power the vehicle will be
located outside of the vehicle itself.
Non-purists will say this first wind powered car is due for construction
in the early part of next year. This project will be influential
on a massive scale since the world has begun to deal with climate
change and the energy crisis.
The car company Green Lotus has made an announcement that it
plans to do wind turbine installation in its United Kingdom Norfolk
plant and have finally been approved.
This manufacturer of high performing sports cars and world leader
of consultancy and engineering has partnered with Ecotricity,
a green energy corporation. The drive of both companies is to
minimize emissions of carbon and to become totally green in terms
of supplying energy.
Under UK's biggest green independent energy supplier Ecotricity,
the MWP or Merchant Wind Power scheme a submission for a scoping
opinion request to the district of South Norfolk for views on
possible plans for wind parks at the Lotus Plant for Manufacturing
and the Hethel Test Track near Wymondham.
The Ecotricity application of building 3 different wind turbines
at the Hethel car factory of Lotus has since been approved. Although
this same application had been turned down in the past, it has
now been approved.
A broad assessment of the Hethel premises has been carried out,
showing a potential for wind parks designed specifically for turbines
in the center of the testing track.
These turbines are going to be sited on the Lotus factory's test
track which is an industrial type of site in a district that has
been approved by the council to hold up to six different turbines.
Once the installation is operational, the needed electricity
for the operations of Lotus will be produced on the venue without
creating any pollution. Aside from this, an average year would
create the production of enough extra electricity to power approximately
one thousand local homes.
Using electricity generated by wind turbines will result in many
areas of benefits. A one hundred percent renewable source of energy,
will give advantages to the Lotus car manufacturing facility including
its paint shop, assembly halls, the engine test facility, its
composite shops, the analysis tools, computer aided design and
offices of administration.
The Lotus first wind powered car (called the Nemesis, pictured
above) will substantially be more economical and efficient than
other sports cars due to its low mass which gives a high ratio
of power and weight without having to consume large amounts of
fuel. This is the key to all Lotus vehicles. Aside from this,
Lotus also has a diverse, extensive portfolio of technology which
is environmentally friendly or "green."
Not only has Lotus developed the bio-ethanol powered 265E of
the Lotus Exige, but it also has done extensive research in compressing
natural gas power cars and technology which is hybrid. It is working
with many global clients to create advanced electric vehicles.
Burning fossil fuels for electricity generation is the main cause
of changes in the climate and is responsible for more than thirty
percent of emitted carbon. Wind turbines and the first wind powered
car are essential to help the climate change situation.
No matter whether the turbine is located on the car or off the
car, then results are similar in regard to helping the environment.
As far as performance, however, having the wind turbine located
off the car has vast performance advantages.