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New ‘V-wing’ Turbine Granted Funding In Britain

January 13, 2009

An innovative new wind turbine design using a pair of vast vertical wings could some day generate electricity for the British Grid.

The Nova Project is one of the first concepts to receive development funding from the newly-established Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), which seeks to find green technology solutions to help Britain meet its future energy and climate goals.

The organization is a public-private partnership, and has a potential $1.6 billion in funding to invest in such solutions. Its six private members include Rolls-Royce, BP, Caterpillar, EDF Energy, E.ON and Shell, and Britain is seeking an additional five members.

The British government first announced its plan to create the ETI in March 2006.

Lord Drayson, Britain’s Science and Innovation Minister, announced on Tuesday the first four recipients of ETI funding, which will exceed $29 million.

“This is evidence of a real shift to green jobs and green engineering,” he said during an interview with BBC News.

Along with the V-wing turbine, the other recipients include a study on the feasibility of a 5MW floating offshore wind turbine for deep water use, a study of reliability issues affecting current wind turbine designs and a project to install and test a 1MW tidal turbine in Orkney.

The British government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from 1990 levels by the year 2050.  Many believe it will adopt interim targets of a 34% reduction by the year 2020.

Image Caption: Energy specialists OTM Consulting lead Project Nova. The designers say a wind turbine with a pair of giant vertical wings should be more rugged, stable and simpler to maintain, compared to the horizontal axis concept of conventional turbines.

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