- A feasibility study on the technical and commercial viability of vertical axis turbines
- Investigated 5MW and 10MW designs based on aerogenerator rotor concepts
- The project was delivered by a consortium featuring industry and academia.
The NOVA project delivered a feasibility study which evaluated the technical and commercial viability of a 5MW and 10MW vertical axis turbine, based upon the aerogenerator rotor concept. It also evaluated specific design options for the rotor, drivetrain and foundations.
Project managed by OTM Consulting Ltd, the consortium also included Wind Power Ltd, the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the Universities of Cranfield, Sheffield and Strathclyde. Started in January 2009 with an ETI investment of £2.8m and completed in summer 2010 the project provided the ETI with valuable information that helped shape the next stage of our Offshore Wind programme.
The project showed that the Nova concept was commercially and technically feasible. Our further analysis suggested that horizontal access wind turbines will evolve faster than vertical access wind turbines and provide lower costs of energy in the short to medium term.