Patent Number: 8,575,817

Title: Axial air gap machine having stator and rotor discs formed of multiple detachable segments

Abstract: Rotor and stator segments for a generator and motor apparatus are provided. The apparatus includes: a pair of parallel, spaced apart stator segments, each stator segment comprising a stator winding set; and a rotor segment slidably coupled to the pair of stator segments, the rotor segment comprising a magnet and being dimensioned to fit between the parallel, spaced apart stator segments. The apparatus may include a support structure, the rotor segment being slidably coupled to the support structure and the stator segment being attached to the support structure. The apparatus may be a rim generator, wind turbine generator or other electrical machine. The stator winding set includes a stator winding, and may include other electrical or electronic components, including possibly a power factor capacitor, direct current filtering capacitor, supercapacitor, and one or more diodes. The stator winding set may be encapsulated within the stator segment.

Inventors: Platon; Mihai C. (Burnaby, CA), Young; Virgil F. (Oakland, OR)

Assignee: Clean Current Limited Partnership

International Classification: H02K 1/22 (20060101); F03B 13/00 (20060101); H02K 1/04 (20060101); H02P 9/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017