This is a multi-rotor type 9kW lens wind turbine that combines three rings. The combination of multiple lenses results in a stronger vortex behind the wind turbine and lower pressure behind it, drawing more flow and generating more power. The overall output is about 10-20% higher than the sum of the individual single types.
■Independent system: Outputs 48V DC or 96V DC to store electricity in storage batteries.
■Grid-connected system: A grid-connected system has been established through field experiments since 2017 and received ClassNK type certification in June 2019.
1. Developed and manufactured under the "New Energy Venture Technology Innovation Project" commissioned by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), an independent research and development corporation.
2. In March 2017, we completed field tests to obtain type certification in Hibikinada, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, and after a two-year review process, we obtained type certification (TC-0023) from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK) on June 27, 2019.
|Rated output (Rated wind speed)||9kW (12m/s)|
|rotor diameter||Each unit 2.78m|
|Wind collection lens outer diameter||Multi windmill width 8.58m (unit 3.64m)|
|Diffuser (Wind collecting lens)||Each unit Cii type, brim height 7.5%|
|Wind turbine system center height*||13.5m (arbitrary) (center of gravity of 3 units)|
|Wind collecting lens upper edge height*||18.0m (optional)|
|Wind turbine body weight||1290kg|
|wind turbine format||With air collector/horizontal axis/downwind|
|blade||9 sheets (3 sheets each), fixed pitch, CFRP|
|Generator||Coreless multi-pole synchronous generator, outer rotor type (rated speed 400rpm)|
|break||short circuit brake|
|manual stop||Possible (lever type switch)|
|Cut-in wind speed||3m/s|
|cutout wind speed||16m/s|
|wind resistance||59.5m/s (Class II)|
|for grid connection||Scheduled (March 2018)|
|For independent power supply**||48V/96V|
|tower||Standard: Steel pipe monopole (Option: Retractable pole)|
*Center height is the triangle center of gravity with 3 nacelles. The height of the tower changes depending on the installation method.
**Charge controller (optional) can be used to switch from grid to battery storage in case of emergency
The Karman vortex generated by the "brim" of the diffuser with a brim creates a low-pressure area behind the diffuser, and this low-pressure area attracts wind. The accelerated wind increases 1.5 times at the blade tips and turns the wind turbine. Since wind energy is proportional to the cube of the wind speed, a wind turbine with the same rotor diameter can generate about 2 to 3 times as much power. The "lens wind turbine," which was optimized through a series of joint research efforts, is patented by Kyushu University, and we have obtained an exclusive license.
The blade tip vortices generated at the blade tips and the opposite-direction vortices induced by the diffuser's inner wall cancel each other out as they move downstream, suppressing the blade tip vortices that are the source of aerodynamic noise and significantly reducing the noise level. Noise measurements of a 3kW turbine showed a sound pressure level of less than 55dB near the wind turbine at wind speeds of 5 to 14m/s. The noise level is not noticeable even in residential areas. Noise is not a concern even in the vicinity of residential areas.
A wingtip vortex (blue) induces opposing vortices (red) on the inner wall of the ring (lens), which cancel each other out. The source of aerodynamic noise disappears.
Diffusers (rings) are clearly visible to birds. "Bird strike", a collision between a bird and a blade, which is considered one of the major problems of wind power generation, has been confirmed to be less likely to occur. We have never experienced one until now.
Unlike conventional windmills, which have sharp-edged blades rotating at high speed, the soft image of the "ring" of the diffuser that surrounds the blades does not spoil the scenery, and it is easy to blend in with the surrounding scenery.
Wind turbine weight, installation cost, and power generation cost are expected to decrease in proportion to 1/√n. In this system, which employs multi-lens wind turbines, the wind collection effect of the lenses and the fluid interference effect of the multi-lenses are combined to increase the amount of electricity generated by about 10 to 20% more.
Single wind turbine and multi wind turbine with the same area and same rating, that is, assuming the same power output (D2 = n d2)
|single rotor||multi rotor|
|Number of rotors||1||n|
|Total power generation||∝Ｄ2||∝ｎ・ｄ2|
|total wind turbine mass||∝Ｄ3||∝ｎ・ｄ3∝Ｄ3/√ｎ|
|total wind turbine cost||∝Ｄ3||∝ｎ・ｄ3∝Ｄ3/√ｎ|
|power generation cost||∝Ｄ||∝ｄ∝Ｄ/√ｎ|
Multi-lens wind turbine patented by our company (April 21, 2017)
Patent No. 6128575 US patent October 2018
Actual annual power generation depends on installation conditions (surrounding topography, weather conditions, etc.). Based on our wind turbine power generation output curve and the annual average wind speed, we assumed the appearance of general wind (Weibull distribution or Rayleigh distribution), and calculated the power generation amount when connected to the grid in the table below. Considering the operation rate of the wind turbine system and the self-consumption of the controller, etc., the estimated power generation amount is shown as a reference annual power generation amount. (Note: The capacity factor is based on our field test data. The two-year demonstration test from April 2016 to January 2018 in Hibikinada, Kitakyushu City)
|Annual average wind speed||capacity factor||3kW lens wind turbine||9kW lens wind turbine|