Arup and Grimshaw have unveiled images of their design for a new breed of 10 megawatt wind turbines
The ‘Aerogenerator X’ prototype, which reaches 275m from blade tip to tip, is being pitched as a cheap alternative to conventional horizontal axis wind turbines.
John Roberts, head of energy at Arup, said: ‘Despite the installation of a number of large wind turbines offshore, the problems of increasing capital cost for deeper water remains unsolved as does the issue of safe operability in the marine environment.
‘There is a tremendous opportunity for new ideas to make a difference to the commercial viability and operability of offshore wind power. More cost-effective solutions will be essential if offshore wind power is to make the ‘hoped for’ contribution to the UK’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.’
Client Wind Power is entering a memorandum of understanding with Arup to develop the project.
Neven Sidor, partner at Grimshaw, said: ‘The Aerogenerator X embodies the best in innovative engineering in Britain, and continues an illustrious tradition.’
The first Aerogenerator X units are expected to be built in 2013-2014.
The Aerogenerator X is the conclusion of an 18-month feasibility study called the NOVA project undertaken by Cranfield University, QinetiQ, Strathclyde University, Sheffield University and Wind Power Limited supported by consultant engineers and project managers. The NOVA feasibility project was funded by the Energy Technologies Institute, a public private partnership comprising BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce, Shell, BP, EDF, EON, Caterpillar, the UK Government and Wind Power Limited.