CA2371694A1 - Powertrain for power generator - Google Patents

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CA2371694A1
CA2371694A1 CA002371694A CA2371694A CA2371694A1 CA 2371694 A1 CA2371694 A1 CA 2371694A1 CA 002371694 A CA002371694 A CA 002371694A CA 2371694 A CA2371694 A CA 2371694A CA 2371694 A1 CA2371694 A1 CA 2371694A1
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torque
input shaft
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James G. P. Dehlsen
Geoffrey F. Deane
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Clipper Windpower LLC
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Dehlsen Associates,L.L.C.
James G. P. Dehlsen
Geoffrey F. Deane
Clipper Windpower Technology, Inc.
Clipper Windpower, Inc.
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Priority to US09/552,577 priority patent/US6304002B1/en
Application filed by Dehlsen Associates,L.L.C., James G. P. Dehlsen, Geoffrey F. Deane, Clipper Windpower Technology, Inc., Clipper Windpower, Inc. filed Critical Dehlsen Associates,L.L.C.
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    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02KDYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES
    • H02K7/00Arrangements for handling mechanical energy structurally associated with dynamo-electric machines, e.g. structural association with mechanical driving motors or auxiliary dynamo-electric machines
    • H02K7/18Structural association of electric generators with mechanical driving motors, e.g. with turbines
    • H02K7/1807Rotary generators
    • H02K7/1823Rotary generators structurally associated with turbines or similar engines
    • H02K7/183Rotary generators structurally associated with turbines or similar engines wherein the turbine is a wind turbine
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F03DWIND MOTORS
    • F03D15/00Transmission of mechanical power
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F03DWIND MOTORS
    • F03D15/00Transmission of mechanical power
    • F03D15/10Transmission of mechanical power using gearing not limited to rotary motion, e.g. with oscillating or reciprocating members
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F03MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS; WIND, SPRING, OR WEIGHT MOTORS; PRODUCING MECHANICAL POWER OR A REACTIVE PROPULSIVE THRUST, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F03DWIND MOTORS
    • F03D9/00Adaptations of wind motors for special use; Combinations of wind motors with apparatus driven thereby; Wind motors specially adapted for installation in particular locations
    • F03D9/20Wind motors characterised by the driven apparatus
    • F03D9/25Wind motors characterised by the driven apparatus the apparatus being an electrical generator
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F04POSITIVE - DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; PUMPS FOR LIQUIDS OR ELASTIC FLUIDS
    • F04CROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT MACHINES FOR LIQUIDS; ROTARY-PISTON, OR OSCILLATING-PISTON, POSITIVE-DISPLACEMENT PUMPS
    • F04C29/00Component parts, details or accessories of pumps or pumping installations, not provided for in groups F04C18/00 - F04C28/00
    • F04C29/0042Driving elements, brakes, couplings, transmissions specially adapted for pumps
    • F04C29/005Means for transmitting movement from the prime mover to driven parts of the pump, e.g. clutches, couplings, transmissions
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02KDYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES
    • H02K16/00Machines with more than one rotor or stator
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H02GENERATION; CONVERSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER
    • H02KDYNAMO-ELECTRIC MACHINES
    • H02K7/00Arrangements for handling mechanical energy structurally associated with dynamo-electric machines, e.g. structural association with mechanical driving motors or auxiliary dynamo-electric machines
    • H02K7/10Structural association with clutches, brakes, gears, pulleys or mechanical starters
    • H02K7/116Structural association with clutches, brakes, gears, pulleys or mechanical starters with gears
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F05INDEXING SCHEMES RELATING TO ENGINES OR PUMPS IN VARIOUS SUBCLASSES OF CLASSES F01-F04
    • F05BINDEXING SCHEME RELATING TO WIND, SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA OR LIKE MOTORS, TO MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS COVERED BY SUBCLASSES F03B, F03D AND F03G
    • F05B2270/00Control
    • F05B2270/10Purpose of the control system
    • F05B2270/1016Purpose of the control system in variable speed operation
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F05INDEXING SCHEMES RELATING TO ENGINES OR PUMPS IN VARIOUS SUBCLASSES OF CLASSES F01-F04
    • F05BINDEXING SCHEME RELATING TO WIND, SPRING, WEIGHT, INERTIA OR LIKE MOTORS, TO MACHINES OR ENGINES FOR LIQUIDS COVERED BY SUBCLASSES F03B, F03D AND F03G
    • F05B2270/00Control
    • F05B2270/10Purpose of the control system
    • F05B2270/20Purpose of the control system to optimise the performance of a machine
    • YGENERAL TAGGING OF NEW TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENTS; GENERAL TAGGING OF CROSS-SECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
    • Y02TECHNOLOGIES OR APPLICATIONS FOR MITIGATION OR ADAPTATION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
    • Y02EREDUCTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS [GHG] EMISSIONS, RELATED TO ENERGY GENERATION, TRANSMISSION OR DISTRIBUTION
    • Y02E10/00Energy generation through renewable energy sources
    • Y02E10/70Wind energy
    • Y02E10/72Wind turbines with rotation axis in wind direction

Abstract

Powertrains for high torque, low RPM wind turbines and ocean current turbines.
The turbine consists of a large, input power shaft-mounted, rotating sun-gear with stationary powertrains mounted around its periphery. The gear teeth on the sun gear rotate past the teeth on the pinions, causing the pinions to turn and delivering power to each smaller powertrain. Alternatively, the powertrains are attached in a spindle around the perimeter of a main power input drive shaft, and rotate as the shaft rotates. Each input drive shaft to smaller powertrain gearboxes is fitted with a pinion. As the main power input shaft turns, the generators, gearboxes and pinions rotate, moving the pinions around the interior of a stationary ring gear. Reduction and distribution of torque is similar to the sun-gear embodiment of the powertrain. In the sun-gear configuration, each smaller powertrain is stationary, reducing stress caused by rotation.

Claims (12)

1. An electric power-generating device comprising:
a rotor which revolves in response to an external source of mechanical energy;
a main power input shaft coupled to said rotor;
a torque-dividing gearbox coupled to said main power input shaft; and, a plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes, each driving a generator and each having an input shaft connected to said torque-dividing gearbox, said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes being located around a perimeter of said main power input drive shaft.
2. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said torque-dividing gearbox includes a stationary ring gear about which said plurality of generators and torque-reducing gearboxes rotate.
3. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said torque-dividing gearbox includes a stationary sun gear about which said plurality of generators and torque-reducing gearboxes rotate.
4. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said plurality of generators and torque-reducing gearboxes are held stationary with respect to said main power input shaft and said torque-dividing gearbox includes a sun gear which rotates around said perimeter of said main power input shaft.
5. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said plurality of generators and torque-reducing gearboxes are held stationary with respect to said main power input shaft and said torque-dividing gearbox includes a ring gear which rotates around said perimeter of said main power input shaft.
6. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said torque-dividing gearbox comprises:
a ring gear held stationary with respect to said main power input shaft;

each input shaft of said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes being connected through a gearbox to a pinion that engages said ring gear such that as said main power input shaft turns, said generators, torque-reducing gearboxes and pinions rotate around said perimeter of said main power input shaft.
7. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes and generators are held stationary with respect to said main power input shaft and said torque-dividing gearbox comprises:
a rotating sun gear;
each input shaft of said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes being connected to a pinion that engages said sun gear such that as said main power input shaft turns, said sun gear rotates causing said pinions to turn, driving said torque-reducing gearboxes and said generators.
8. The electric power-generating device of claim 1 wherein said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes and generators are held stationary with respect to said main power input shaft and said torque-dividing gearbox comprises:
a rotating ring gear;
each input shaft of said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes being connected to a pinion that engages said ring gear such that as said main power input shaft turns, said ring gear rotates causing said pinions to turn, driving said torque-reducing gearboxes and said generators
9. A device comprising:
a rotor;
a main power input shaft coupled to said rotor;
a torque-dividing gearbox coupled to said main power input shaft; and, a plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes, each having an input shaft connected to said torque-dividing gearbox, said plurality of torque-reducing gearboxes being located around a perimeter of said main power input shaft.
10. A device comprising:
a rotor;
a main power input shaft coupled to said rotor;
a torque-dividing gearbox coupled to said main power input shaft; and, a torque-reducing gearbox having an input shaft connected to said torque-dividing gearbox.
11. A device comprising:
a rotor; and a main power input shaft coupled to said rotor.
12. A device comprising:
a main shaft; and a gearbox coupled to said shaft.
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US13129699P true 1999-04-27 1999-04-27
US60/131,296 1999-04-27
US09/552,577 2000-04-19
US09/552,577 US6304002B1 (en) 2000-04-19 2000-04-19 Distributed powertrain for high torque, low electric power generator
PCT/US2000/011303 WO2000065708A1 (en) 1999-04-27 2000-04-27 Powertrain for power generator

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