Stimm said he envisions a 75,000-square-foot plant employing 75 people to produce the turbines.
Stimm has visited other local municipalities to promote his idea in the past couple of years. He said his prototype has been tested in a wind tunnel at
Stimm claimed that his aluminum turbine, 10 feet in diameter, is 50 times more efficient and turns out 60 percent more power than a three-blade windmill 80 feet in diameter.
He said one of his 10-foot turbines could produce 12.5 megawatts of electricity a year, enough to power an average home. A 12.5-foot model would be able to power and heat that home with its 14-megawatt output, and his 25-foot design could produce 100 megawatts of electricity, enough for industrial or commercial customers. "It's very small. It's very quiet," Stimm said. "You can put it on the roofs of buildings." He also said the design won't kill birds, which sometimes happens in the spinning blades of windmills.
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