The qr5 vertical axis wind turbine, manufactured and assembled in South Wales, is geared towards adding visual appeal to its surroundings and improves performance with increased wind turbulence.
The qr5 is especially suited for wind power on-site and its compact rotor design, only 5×3 m2, means it can be installed either on buildings or as a stand-alone wind turbine.
The agreement committed to by RWE Innogy is to sell up to 100 units of the wind turbine in Germany by the end of 2011.
The q5 is a direct drive vertical axis wind turbine with a mechanically integrated, weather sealed permanent magnet generator. The blades are made from carbon fibre and epoxy resin, and the wind turbine could have an annual output of up to 7.5 MWh depending on the site. quietrevolution says qr5 has a peak power rating of 8.2 kW at a wind speed of 15.5m/s.
Siting wind turbines in good locations is key in helping the transition to a more sustainable society. quietrevolution design and manufacture small-scale wind turbines designed to be sited at the point of energy use. Small and large scale wind power technologies, both onshore and off-shore are all part of the energy mix required. Along side other renewable technologies and the deployment of smart technologies there can be a reliable energy supply to all individuals and businesses.
The EST estimate that approx. 3.5TWh could be produced from small wind energy technologies in the UK, or roughly 5% of our gross energy consumption.
The UK has a great wind resource, however even in a small island nation there are good sites and poor sites and careful consideration on the exact location is required prior to deployment of a wind turbine.