Aerogenerator X 10-MW VAWT Upgrade in the Works

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

 
Wind Power Limited has released its plans for a new and improved Aerogenerator vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT). The company is saying that the new prototype can generate two times more power than the original, while only weighing half as much.

20120901-133742.jpg

According to the company, “the Aerogenerator X is the result of of an 18‐month feasibility study (called the NOVA project), and is a viable and cost-effective solution for offshore wind power in the UK. The newest version is anticipated to generate twice as much power as their initial design, and because the sails (blades) are made from carbon fiber, to only weigh half as much.”

The researchers are currently working to complete a fully operational 50-kW prototype demonstrator. They will use it to gain a better understanding of the engineering performance and aerodynamic behavior of the design when it’s in use.

20120901-133752.jpg
Wind Power Limited is planning to complete full tests of the unit in an offshore environment before it begins work on a planned 10-MW version. And it is expecting the demonstrator should be operational by October 2012.

“Wind Power Limited also announced that it is in the process of entering a Memorandum of Understanding with Arup to help continue with the development of the project.”
 

 
The 18‐month NOVA project feasibility study was a collaboration by Cranfield University, QinetiQ, Strathclyde University, Sheffield University, and Wind Power Limited. It was funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (a public private partnership comprising BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls‐Royce, Shell, BP, EDF, EON, Caterpillar, the UK Government, and Wind Power Limited).

Source: TreeHugger
Image Credits: Wind Power Lmtd. & Grimshaw


Have a tip for CleanTechnica? Want to advertise? Want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Latest CleanTechnica TV Video


I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it!! So, we've decided to completely nix paywalls here at CleanTechnica. But...
 
Like other media companies, we need reader support! If you support us, please chip in a bit monthly to help our team write, edit, and publish 15 cleantech stories a day!
 
Thank you!

Advertisement
 
CleanTechnica uses affiliate links. See our policy here.

James Ayre

James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

James Ayre has 4830 posts and counting. See all posts by James Ayre