Company Announces Distributed Power Generation Pilot Project With Eastern Wind Power for a 50kW Vertical Wind Turbine
ATLANTA, Dec. 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Siemens Industry Inc.'s Drive
Boston-based Eastern Wind Power to test several new solutions for
decentralized power generation in the small-mid range.
Siemens will provide drive train solutions for small-scale or micro power
generation projects between 30kW-900kW. "This is an extremely fast moving
business segment, and our Drive Technologies Division is well-positioned to
provide complete drive train solutions for OEMs targeting decentralized
power generation," says Razvan Panaitescu, business development manager of
the distributed power generation and microgrids sector for Siemens Drive
"Our cooperation with Eastern Wind Power will allow Siemens to gather
significant information on future products, and will provide data to support
what we feel is the next generation of green initiatives, or what we call
the 4C's of the tomorrow's energy landscape - Create, Convert, Control and
Conserve. The aim is to provide all of the basic building blocks for system
integrators or OEM's that would like to build solutions for localized power
generation, distribution and storage and install them into commercial
buildings, neighborhoods, farms and micro or smart grids."
Siemens partnered with Eastern Wind Power for a proposed six-month pilot
program in which the two parties integrated a Siemens 55kW permanent magnet
generator and Energy Conversion System within the first prototype of Eastern
Wind Power's Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT).
The project is being conducted at Martha's Vineyard Airport in Edgartown,
Massachusetts where the airport manager and staff have enthusiastically lent
their support. Eastern Wind Power believes its Sky Farm(TM) concept of
mounting between 10-20 50kW VAWT's on the roofs of commercial or residential
high-rise buildings is the most efficient way to produce on-site distributed
green energy in urban areas which are land-poor but building-rich.
"Working with Siemens' engineers we have now fully commissioned the turbine
and are producing power for the airport," says Jonathan Haar, President of
Eastern Wind Power. "We are excited about our partnership with Siemens, and
believe that this pilot project will validate our efforts, yielding much
needed progress in distributed power networking within our nation's cities."
According to Haar, the company's 50kW VAWT on a high-rise can generate
approximately 45,000 kWh of electricity annually -- equal to the electricity
needed to power about seven residences for 12 months.
"Our 50kW VAWT can handle turbulent urban winds, runs virtually silently,
does not harm avian life, and can be easily mounted and connected to a power
grid. Its small scale is aesthetically acceptable to community standards. A
10 unit Sky Farm 50kW will generate enough electrical energy to supply about
10 percent of a typical 500,000 square-foot high-rise building's electrical
power needs," adds Haar.
The turbine is connected to the NSTAR grid, the largest Massachusetts-based
investor-owned electric and gas utility. The companies are logging real time
data including kilowatt output credited to the airport, temperature, wind
speed, and wind direction. Upon completion of small wind safety
certification this winter, the companies expect to build an install a second
unit atop a high-rise building in Boston for further testing.
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