11 October 2011
11 October 2011
FuturEnergy have designed a new 10kw wind turbine using Amber Composites' prepreg, which they say generates 50% more output at wind speeds of 6 meters per second than any turbine on the market.
Amber say that in addition to its new blade design, the guaranteed skin thickness possible with prepreg creates significant efficiency gains and decreases wear on the entire turbine. They say the new 10kw turbine brings a new level of efficiency and therefore a new level of payback that was previously unattainable in this class of wind turbines. In addition to a carefully engineered design, FuturEnergy say their success comes from developing the processes to fabricate their blade design with a highly uniform surface quality and thickness.
Previously thought to be cost prohibitive, FuturEnergy and Amber Composites worked together to create a process to manufacture these high-quality blades with less material and labour. "Amber Composites really partnered with us, helping us at each step of the design and development of this blade. Their composites knowledge complemented our design expertise, resulting in a very high-quality turbine with a 3-year payback period," said Peter Osbourne, President FuturEnergy.
Amber Composites and FuturEnergy will be showcasing the blade at the Composites Engineering Show, 9th – 10th November at the NEC in Birmingham, and have been selected to give a presentation about their experience in the show session.
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