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AB Power | Designing a Vertical Axis wind Turbine | Consumer Product | User Centred Design, Material Science, Testing
AB Power are on a mission to achieve 100% of our energy produced from renewable sources.
Times cheaper to produce
Quicker to install
More efficient at drawing energy
Better in harsh & fluctuating wind speeds
Clustering units increases power
Less space is needed to install one
Safe for wildlife
When we design big, we build big!
The AB Power Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) is a radical departure from previous fixed blade designs, using more aerodynamically efficient blades, independently actuated via an intelligent, machine learning control system, to optimise how it responds to wind conditions in real-time.
The increased energy capture competes with the standard HAWT design without the problems like noise or bird strikes, making the ABP VAWT better for urban environments and limited space with the more turbulent wind.
Solving the need to capture the kinetic energy in fluctuating
wind environments required a design that could respond to its
environment. To find the best solution, we started with
ideation and sketching to push the boundaries and explore the
best design options and possibilities. This also allowed us to
grapple with significant product design challenges early on
An investigation carried out by the SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) has shown that the potential area to be used for wind farming is four times bigger with vertical sky compared to traditional wind turbines.
Once we identified key visual and technical features, we modelled the vertical wind turbine in CAD, in line with manufacturing requirements, to ensure the test prototype assembly was problem free. In line with this was the need to demonstrate the functions and test how the turbine responded to wind direction and speed changes.
Once the test models were created and refined, we handed the details to the manufacturer. We worked closely with them to perfect the turbine prototype that would provide feedback data to AB Power to measure the possible efficiency of the vertical wind turbine and measure the power generation over time and in fluctuating wind environments.
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