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Aerogenerator X Release 26 07 10

Aerogenerator X Release 26 07 10

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Press Release following ETI contract project
Press Release following ETI contract project

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Aerogenerator X launched by Wind Power Limited26.07.10
For and on behalf of Wind Power Limited
80 Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QBTel: +447711 747334 www.windpower.ltd.ukEmail: windpower@me.comPage 1 of 2 26.07.10
British company Wind Power Limited has unveiled the new embodiment of its innovativeAerogenerator project visualised by leading international architects Grimshaw. TheAerogenerator X is twice the power and half the weight of Wind Power’s original Aerogeneratordesign.The Aerogenerator X is considered one of the only real alternative solutions available to helpdeliver the UK’s offshore wind strategy in a reliable and cost effective manner. It does not havethe same weight constraints as a normal wind turbine and the blades do not suffer weight‐induced fatigue. This new design is half the height of an equivalent horizontal‐axis turbine andits weight is concentrated at the base of the structure.The Aerogenerator X is the conclusion of an 18‐month feasibility study called the NOVA projectundertaken by Cranfield University, QinetiQ, Strathclyde University, Sheffield University andWind Power Limited supported by consultant engineers and project managers. The NOVAfeasibility project was funded by the Energy Technologies Institute, a public private partnershipcomprising BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls‐Royce, Shell, BP, EDF, EON, Caterpillar, the UKGovernment and Wind Power Limited.Wind Power Limited is also delighted to announce that it is in the process of entering aMemorandum of Understanding with Arup to help successfully continue project development.Speaking at the unveiling of Aerogenerator X John Roberts, Head of Energy at Arup, said:‘Despite the installation of a number of large wind turbines offshore, the problems of increasingcapital cost for deeper water remains unsolved as does the issue of safe operability in the marineenvironment. There is a tremendous opportunity for new ideas to make a difference to thecommercial viability and operability of offshore wind power. More cost‐effective solutions willbe essential if offshore wind power is to make the ‘hoped for’ contribution to the UK’s GHGemission reduction targets.’Professor Feargal Brennan, Head of Offshore, Process and Energy Engineering at CranfieldUniversity, said: ‘Upsizing conventional onshore wind turbine technology to overcome costbarriers has significant challenges, not least the weight of the blades, which experience a fullyreversed fatigue cycle on each rotation. As the blades turn, their weight always pulls downwards,putting a changing stress on the structure, in a cycle that repeats with every rotation – up to 20times a minute.‘In order to reduce the fatigue stress, the blade sections and thicknesses are increased whichfurther increases the blade self‐weight. These issues continue throughout the device. Drive‐trainmountings must be stiff enough to support the heavier components inside the nacelle on top of the tower, otherwise the systems can become misaligned and the support structure is alsoexposed to extremely large dynamic thrust and bending stresses, which are amplifiedsignificantly with any increase in water depth.’Theo Bird of Wind Power Limited said: ‘Offshore is the ideal place for wind power but is also anextremely tough environment. The US wind researchers who worked on vertical axis projectshave always regarded the technology as great to work with at sea because it can be big, toughand easily managed. We are extremely grateful to the ETI who had the vision to help us pick upfrom where the US left off. By facilitating projects like ours they continue the heritage of greatengineering in Britain.’Neven Sidor, Partner at Grimshaw, said: ‘The Aerogenerator X embodies the best in innovativeengineering in Britain, and continues an illustrious tradition. Grimshaw has great regard for thisengineering tradition, and is delighted to help in its realisation.’

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