ATHENS, Texas (AP) — Some people say a uniquely different invention of George Arthur Spencer on his property in the Cross Roads community near Athens looks like an alien antenna.
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports Spencer jokes that it is a feeder for giraffes.
In a serious vein, Spencer, who has more than 20 patents, said his latest invention is three-dimensional wind power technology designed to harvest wind energy. In less technical terms, it is a new concept in windmills similar to wind turbines in West Texas.
Hassan El-Kishky, chair of the electrical engineering department at the University of Texas at Tyler, said Spencer's invention "sounds like a good idea." There will need to be an analysis to see if it will actually be feasible in terms of cost, and whether it will add to present technology and realize improvement in efficiency as well as reliability, El-Kishky said.
Spencer contends his 3D wind-power technology is a major upgrade over traditional wind turbines. He calculates that his 3D wind power will produce much more electricity per acre per hour than a traditional wind turbine — 50 to 100 times more power per acre.
Apart from not being a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a week electrical source like nuclear power, Spencer projects his 3D wind-power technology can outproduce a nuclear power plant on an equivalent area of land. He quickly acknowledged his invention will not replace nuclear plants, which provide a steady source of power, while supplemental energies like wind and solar power can only be used when they are available.
Having built a feasibility model of his 3D wind-power instrument, Spencer next plans a working prototype — a preproduction model. He is looking for a partner for his company, G Sharp Labs, and hopes to find a manufacturer of existing wind turbines — a major corporation —...
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