VertAx Wind

VertAx Wind licensing deal with UofE for its C-Gen PMG

Vertical axis turbine designer VertAx Wind has agreed a commercial licensing deal with the University of Edinburgh for its C-Gen permanent magnet generator.

Under the agreement, VertAx will be licenced to use the university-designed generator in its "multi-megawatt" vertical-axis offshore wind turbine.

VertAx chairman Peter Hunter said "This allows us to take the next step as we develop our turbine to compete in the expanding offshore market"

Edinburgh University describes the generator as "an air-cored, lightweight, 'no cogging' design" that has been under development since 2005 and tested up to 1MW. 

The VertAx design includes two 5MW inverted generators, meaning it could have a maximum capacity of 10MW.

The technology behind the VertAx wind turbine design is a culmination of contributions from universities and privately funded research carried out by the founders over many years. It includes a combination of older technology re-visited with new design knowledge as well as substantial innovation, incorporating state of the art materials and modern manufacturing techniques. Much of the technology has been taken from other industrial sectors and then improved upon and adapted for the application of an off-shore wind turbine generator. This approach means that there are few aspects pertaining to the individual components that remain unproven, albeit in other industrial applications.

The primary goal driving the technology development is to provide a reduction in the cost of electrical power generation from off-shore wind. By designing a machine that is modular and has few moving parts, VertAx Wind Ltd and its technology partners believe they now have the makings of a design that will enable them to achieve their stated objectives.

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