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A Carrollton company is turning to researchers at the University of North Texas to examine its newest wind turbine, which it hopes can solve a difficult problem -- harvesting power when wind speeds are low.
If UNT researchers validate BE-Wind's design, it could overcome a barrier preventing wind turbines from being widely accepted by individual homeowners and within urban areas with dense populations.
At the UNT Zero Energy Lab -- a specialized facility where students study upcoming sustainable and renewable energy technologies with the goal of producing enough electricity to power the building with a net-zero consumption of energy in a real, residential setting -- the researchers will monitor the wind turbine's noise level, power production in comparison to rated energy output, lifespan and overall quality and durability.