Ecotricity unveils new windmill design
The renewable energy company Ecotricity has launched a revolutionary new windmill design at the European Wind Energy Association conference in Paris.
The new machine, dubbed the Britwind H15, is set to bring big wind performance to small wind, generating electricity at almost half the cost of the best selling small windmill on the market.
It has been designed and manufactured in Britain by Ecotricity’s new subsidiary, Britwind.
Standing at an average height of 25m, the horizontal-axis windmill has a power rating of 15kW.
It’s available in two versions to optimise use in higher or lower wind
speed sites, offers high reliability, and low maintenance, with only three wearing parts.
“The Government’s assault on the renewables industry has led to two thirds of small wind companies going bust in the past two years, so when we launched Britwind we knew we needed to do something radically different,” said Ecotricity founder, Dale Vince.
“The Britwind H15 is at the cutting edge of windmill technology – it’s super efficient, cheap to maintain, and cuts the cost of making energy. Our commercial model is also at the cutting edge – we make the energy with our customers, where they live and work, and we share the benefits with them.
“It’s about democratising the energy market – our aim is to bring lower bills and energy independence to homes and businesses in Britain, and to export the same opportunity to other parts of the world.”
Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues