A Canadian wind turbine company – which has a major UK base at Livingston, West Lothian – has launched its pioneering 51kW wind turbine which facilitates simple and safe servicing due to a patented proprietary design mechanism embedded in its tower.
The new turbine features patented ‘tilt’ mechanism to enhance significant maintenance cost savings and safeguard against damage in extreme wind conditions.
This revolutionary turbine has been designed for agriculture and rural/landowner communities who can optimise financial returns by utilising local Feed in Tariff (FiT) incentives.
The Skye™ turbine from Orenda Energy Solutions has a fully integrated hydraulically hinged tower, designed to be lowered and raised by one operator using a wrench. It has its power pack located in the tower base and the company claims this innovative technology makes its Skye model the most durable and efficient medium wind turbine currently available.
Moreover, its patented ‘tilt’ mechanism has been designed to alleviate the need for extensive and costly maintenance with servicing carried out ‘in-situ’ – a vitally important measure in hostile terrain or rural environments where there is little road access for cranes or heavy lifting gear. From a health and safety perspective, there is no need to climb the tower and hence, no need for a climbing certificate.
In extreme weather conditions, the turbine can also be tilted and lowered to the ground thereby offering a degree of asset protection, rather than being fully exposed to the elements.
Steve McMahon, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Orenda Energy Solutions, explained:
“The launch of the Skye 51kW wind turbine marks the arrival of Orenda into the UK wind renewables marketplace. Our research and development work focuses on best-in-class applications, so we’ll continue to innovate and create the most advanced small and medium wind turbines available to the farming, landowning, rural business and investor communities.
“The Skye turbine is designed to help users generate best in class financial returns from the government’s Feed-In Tariffs. It also helps safeguard against rising electricity costs and provides an excellent return on investment.
“Whilst the Skye turbine features a raft of technological innovations integrated into the design, its core functionality ensures responsible operation, ease of planning and enhance aesthetics on the surrounding landscape. Its turbine blades provide quiet operation in all wind conditions and its sleek, ergonomic design will blend unobtrusively into its surrounds, which will appeal to farmers and landowners alike.”