Norvento releases a turbine model with 3% improved efficiency

4 May 2016 (Last Updated May 4th, 2016 18:30)

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Norvento has launched a re-engineered design of its nED100 model.

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Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Norvento has launched a re-engineered design of its nED100 model.

The latest version displays several modern upgrades, which have been designed to boost aerodynamics and performance, as well as helping cut upfront and long-term generation costs. Its lighter design also improves efficiency by 3%.

Norvento's UK business development director Ivo Arnús said: "nED100 gives buyers the opportunity to produce their own electricity at a price cheaper than the one sourced from the grid, enabling them to take a large step towards their energy independence."

The 100kW turbine is equipped with a smaller and more compact generator, as well as a lighter nacelle.

Its magnet generator is placed immediately behind the rotor and has a smaller shaft. These enable Norvento to use a more traditional nacelle design and a direct drive layout.

The nacelle cover and mechanical structure of the pitch actuator help create space for maintenance operations.

It has a 12m blade, which is designed for Class II low-wind conditions and replaces the extenders installed on traditional 24m rotor models.

"nED100 gives buyers the opportunity to produce their own electricity at a price cheaper than the one sourced from the grid."

The equipment will support both landowners and commercial users to boost financial returns and savings in the post-subsidy UK medium-wind market.

Although opportunities to sell energy back to the grid remain, many are currently using medium-wind to directly power on-site operations.

This allows the users to benefit from a consistent, low-cost source of generation against the rising price of purchasing power from standard providers.

Installing the turbine can also prove beneficial for utilities and commercial users by reducing on-site carbon emissions, addressing sustainability targets.


Image: The new nED100 turbine model has been designed to maximise performance at minimum costs to users. Photo: courtesy of Richard Matthews.