"Next-generation wind Energy"
Norhybrid Renewables developing a robust, highly efficient and quiet wind turbine. The turbine has many applications and can easily be mounted on buildings or integrated in clusters in hybrid energy farms.
It is independent of wind direction, and initial tests shows that it starts to produce electricity already at very low wind speed. Due to its compact design, it gives a visually small footprint.
Our vertical-axis design is based on our background from among other new renewable energy- and aircraft industry. We use modern wing designs that are used in world's most competitive gliders together with a new approach to efficient use of wind energy.
Today, the focus in the wind energy industry is mostly on turbine efficiency. We in Norhybrid Renewables try to see the whole picture:
Maximizing Power Production =
Windpower into a windfarm x Total turbine swept area x Turbine efficiency
In the end its the power production, cost of the energy and the environmental impact which really matters!
"a new approach"
Why do we develop a new wind turbine?
Conventional wind turbines create large footprints with long and uncertain licensing treatment. Time-consuming processes in the development of conventional wind-farms. Our solution contributes to drastic reduction in time to market.
Turbulence between large conventional wind turbines prevents efficient use of wind in an area.
Conventional turbines produce only approx. 2.5 watts per m2 of land, occupies large areas and create major conflicts of interest as they tower over the landscape.
Many of the existing small turbines including the vertical-axis wind turbines in the market are not aerodynamically optimized and not very robust for a service life of 20-30 years.
In several places, solar conditions are not the most ideal for electricity production from solar cells. If the wind conditions are favorable, robust wind turbines in clusters with low footprint or a hybrid combination of solar and wind energy will be a better and more cost-effective solution.
The founders have an unique background from decades back developing both hybrid energy power plants, conventional windfarms and advanced high performance manned and unmanned aircraft. That helps us to see the whole picture designing the future wind turbines and energy parks based on latest research.
Why NorthernWind turbines?
Our turbines are developed to withstand harsh Norwegian conditions.
Due to aerodynamic optimization of the turbine wings, the NorthernWind turbine starts to rotate already at 1 m/s without use of a starter engine regardless of wind direction.
Unlike traditional wind turbines, NorthernWind turbines can be placed very close together and produce 10 times more power (25 watts per m2) from the same area as conventional big wind turbines. Together with conventional turbines or solar cells in a dual use hybrid config.
The turbines aerodynamic interaction with each other helps to speed up the turbines around which contributes to higher power output.
Computer model testing of vertical-axis wind turbines together with conventional large turbines indicates that they can contribute to improve the power production also for the large horizontal-axis wind turbines.
Its low footprint makes it possible to build energy parks in and around cities supplying locally produced electricity.
They are safer for wildlife including predator birds and take up less space.
The radar impact is limited due to design and lower height.
NorthernWind turbines have a low centre of gravity which means that the floating element in an offshore turbine can be reduced. That’s make them less expencive and suitable in concentrated offshore wind farms.
A NorthernWind turbine has around 20 parts and is cost efficient to mass produce. A conventional turbine has around 20 000 parts.