In our ‘Energy Briefing – Savonius Vertical Axis Wind Turbines’ we see two innovative Icelanders, Thor & Saethor, that are hand-making a solution to one of Wind Power’s biggest problems – the need to perform well in low-wind conditions but also to slow itself down in high-winds, preventing it from catching on fire or ripping apart.
They are building Savonius Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTS), based on old tech from potentially the Persian Empire. See more about the difference between them and traditional wind turbines here:
Here you can see their solution working:
Here we have Bloomberg’s Ashlee Vance visiting to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik to see the next part of this green energy story. He found a start-up called Icewind that is building VARTS to help power cellphone towers and other industrial devices:
The IceWind CW turbine is the first product designed by IceWind and has been in trials now for 7 years. The CW was originally made for non-geothermal areas in the harsh Icelandic weather conditions but suits well for all residential applications. All IceWind turbines emphasize on tough build with carbon fiber, stainless steel and aircraft grade aluminum; a very wide production range from breezes to fierce hurricanes; nearly silent operation; no need to face the wind direction; no effect on bird life; needing virtually no maintenance and a 30 year lifespan, but the CW has a special emphasize on blending into the environment and to have an easy installation as well as it comes in a few different color variations. The IceWind CW will be available commercially soon. See more at icewind.is.
Nikolas visited Iceland in 2018 and spoke about what he calls ‘small island innovation’ and this is a great example of that.
Take a look at his thoughts below, and a great story of how tomato growers are using geothermal heat to their advantage.
Thinking about Small Island Innovation in ICELAND
From plant to plate in 5 METRES at Friðheimar in ICELAND
Nikolas Badminton is an award-winning Futurist Speaker, researcher and author. His expertise and thought leadership will guide you from complacency to thinking exponentially, planning for longevity, and encouraging a culture of innovation. You will then establish resiliency and abundance in your organization.