4917 Waters Edge Drive, Suite 275
Raleigh, NC 27606
2 Davis Drive
Durham, NC 27709
101 North Chestnut Street, Suite 103
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Our renewable energy patents practice is diverse and experienced, working with cutting edge and established technologies. Our clients have received funding, highly competitive grant awards, and have been acquired by major players looking to expand their offering or from competitors in the field.
Technologies that we have worked on include:
- PV cells, including underlying material selection and composition;
- PV collectors and related hardware and components;
- Wind and Water turbines;
- Energy Monitoring systems for monitoring energy usage of commercial, residential, and industrial facilities; and
- Alternative energy systems.
A turbine assembly is provided. The turbine assembly includes a plurality of sails and a generator assembly configured to convert rotation thereabout to power. A brake assembly may be provided. The brake assembly may include a magnet assembly that rotates with rotation of the plurality of sails, a conducting plate initially spaced-apart from the magnet assembly, and an actuator for translating the conducting plate relative to the magnet assembly during rotation thereof to thereby induce eddy currents that create a magnetic field acting on the conducting plate to impart a retarding force to control the rotational speed thereof. A control module is configured to control the actuator to adjust the spacing between the magnet assembly and the conducting plate in order to maintain the turbine assembly at a predetermined speed.