Bespoke Dutch engineering design company VerVent have developed a new and patented wind turbine drive train design to produce a simplified, more-compact turbine that reduces the moving parts count and decreases the need for rare earth materials. VerVent are offering this IP technology to the wind energy sector by way of a fixed-term open bidding process, assisted by British consultancy Renewables Experts.
The design is optimised around a 12MW turbine, but is fully scalable both upwards and downwards, and can be applied to turbines in the sub-10MW class as well as up to 16MW and 20MW, and beyond. VerVent’s patented design only incorporates two major variations from existing technology, and while these are new to wind turbines, they’re already proven in other industries. Chinese companies, in particular, have already shown interest in the bidding process.