Blackhawk Tilt Rotor VAWT testing underway at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory

Blackhawk TR-10 VAWT
Blackhawk TR-10 VAWT
Researchers from the Blackhawk Project are testing their new TR-10 Tilt Rotor Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) at the Dept of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). The Blackhawk Tilt Rotor’s design uses helicopter like wings, called airfoils, that rotate parallel to the ground. The airfoils are attached to the Blackhawk’ patent pending tilt rotor sitting in the center of the wind turbine. The slanted rotor allows the turbine to self-start, and, according to the researchers, lets the Blackhawk generate electricity without the noise, clutching, electronics, tower heights, or heavy blades that come along with most wind turbines. The design also lets the turbine start in winds as low as 7 mph, which is much less then the 12-15 mph wind speed needed for most wind turbine designs. Since the rotor tilts depending on wind speed, the Blackhawk TR-10 can also function in very high wind speeds – its been able to function in wind gusts as high as 101 mph.

As part of the testing process, a student crew will oversee maintenance of the turbine.   Blackhawk claims that their turbine is much more durable than traditional turbines because it has fewer electronics and moving parts.   In addition, the long arms of the turbine create higher torque so that it can produce more power with fewer revolutions per minute.

The entire turbine can fit in the back of a pickup truck and takes about three hours to install.   Blackhawk is targeting the TR-10 for farms, shops and houses in rural and semi-rural areas.

Blackhawk TR-10
Blackhawk TR-10

2 thoughts on “Blackhawk Tilt Rotor VAWT testing underway at the DOE Idaho National Laboratory

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  2. Dear Mr. Boatner,

    I pray this email finds you well..

    I have come across your Tilt Rotor Wind Turbine Project, however, I also realize that there is no recent update on the invention. I watched all the videos/ most forums/comments about the Tilt Rotor Wind Turbine Project. I’m convinced this is the correct way to proceed.
    However, I’m quite disappointed in not seeing this in the market by now (2010 is a long time to wait), not even the Chinese have copied it.. maybe your patent worked..!! good for you..

    I must say, you practically presented all information required for a descent workshop to fabricate his own wind turbine just by watching your presentations.. Im a DYI when I have the time and think, I can make this for my own personal use, if given approval of course..

    You and your team have done a GREAT job.. !!

    I admire your good heart of sharing information and referencing a quote from the bible about , one, not keeping a lighted lamp hidden for all to see..

    I plan of building a house and install one of these next to it
    I live in the Philippines and recently own a plot on a hill side with average wind speed is 2-5 km/hr,, not much, as your turbine works on 7 mph winds..
    I am hoping you could guide me on who is marketing 2-5kW Tilt Rotor Wing wind turbines. I’ve Google searched it an found none..
    God bless you more..

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