Several days ago, Zhongke Hengyuan Energy Technology Co. Ltd broke ground on a magnetic levitation wind farm research and power production facility in China. This generator “base” will support generators ranging from “400 to 5000 watts” (is this supposed to be kilowatts?) in 2008. One serious benefit of MAGLEV windpower systems is the abilty to start generating power at very low wind speeds.
The problem of the traditional wind turbines was that they require high wind speeds to start, because of the friction caused by their bearings,
The frictionless maglev generator would cut the operational expenses of wind farms by up to half,