Crossflow Energy has launched the Crossflow Wind Turbine. Reliable and easy to install, the unique turbine specifically addresses the issues that have historically inhibited the adoption of small-scale wind.
The development means wind power is at last a viable option for embedded renewable generation. Wind power could now be available in everyday situations such as homes, factories, motorway gantries, public buildings, as part of road and rail infrastructure and in challenging environments such as remote, ecologically sensitive locations.
Martin Barnes, CEO at Crossflow Energy, comments: “Up until now, small wind has not been playing an integral part in the race to Net Zero. The issues around performance, reliability, and planning concerns associated with noise, vibrations and ecology, have held back the wider adoption of small wind technology. The Crossflow wind turbine addresses all of these challenges head on, opening up a wealth of applications with the potential to be as commonplace as solar in increasing renewable penetration in everyday applications.”
The Crossflow turbine is a scalable Transverse Axis Wind Turbine. The small, efficient and reliable turbine incorporates a patented shield designed in collaboration with Swansea University through extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations. This increases airflow, delivering optimum lift and drag performance across a wide range of wind speeds. In addition, its advanced light-weight blade has optimised aerodynamics to harvest maximum wind energy and ensure it’s self-starting at low wind speeds. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Gigawatt: Opportunities 2020-2040.
Crossflow’s turbine’s low rotational speed, creates minimal noise and ultra-low vibrations, extending its operational uptime and minimum maintenance. The turbine design is bird and bat friendly, addressing planning concerns, even in the most ecologically sensitive sites. The turbines can be deployed as standalone entities or combined with solar and battery technology to enhance renewable energy generation in either new build or retrofit applications.
Martin Barnes, CEO at Crossflow Energy, concludes: “By addressing the historical barriers, it has never been easier for organisations to add wind to their renewable energy mix, making the Crossflow wind turbine the perfect solution for anyone looking for help with CO2 reduction or their Net Zero agenda.”