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A turbine at the final packing stage...Marie-Laure Noel and Sam McMullan securing a finished turbine to its travelling packaging. An interesting benefit of the single blade design is that the turbine can be packed with the rotor fully assembled. Marie-Laure developed this concept as part of her recent internship with Powerhouse Wind.


Two recent machines packed and ready to travel...

two packed machines

The same two machines at the final assembly and functional testing stage...

final assembly

Its good to be back in factory mode...We have been busy with business development activities, and generating sales.

It's now time to start molding, assembling and preparing new machines for customers in the North Island.

The experience from the last batch and some recent developments will make these the best machines we have made. Consistent proven processes have seen the  best wound alternator coils and composite parts we have yet made. Better still, its all happening much faster and with far less waste.

chassis molding

Turbine chassis  immediately out of mold.


Stator assemblies ready for overmolding

A start up manufacturers dilemma...We are facing an issue which I am sure is very common at our stage. We have a well developed product, tooled for manufacture, and performing well. So far so good, but we have a chasm to cross in that the price we have to charge at our current level of sales means the product is not price positioned where it could be  if we can achieve a volume breakthrough -  and we don't have the resources to fund selling  at the price point that is ultimately achievable.

We have an opportunity from an export project that has been let down by one of the partners to build and sell between 10 and 20 machines that could generate just that change. The catch is that we have to sell and commit to at least 10 products or systems to achieve the volume cost benefits that would let us achieve the step change.

A Thinair turbine on a good wind site is a great complement to PV in New Zealand conditions -  it is far less seasonal than PV, will run 24 hours per day if the wind is blowing, and turns a grey windy day into another generation opportunity. Great for an off grid system, and also possible as a grid connect solution.

We are very keen to hear from either potential customers for a Thinair turbine or system, or potential reseller/installers. Registrations of interest  can be made by email to contact@powerhousewind.co.nz or by phone to 03-456-2288 or 027 - 2806725.

A registration of interest will help us greatly! 

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Now in production. Almost 20 machines are in service, with our first export machines out there. The innovations and new features that make Thinair unique are proving themselves in both on and off grid situations around New Zealand and now offshore. There is an exciting potential for the product, particularly complementing solar PV in off grid applications.

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Recent shot of turbine at off grid house (ours!) running into the sunset, and keeping the battery charge up overnight.

blade molding

Another blade successfully molded! Powerhouse Wind Workshop from left, PY Potonnier, Katrina Thomson, Neil Shearer, Andreas Duerbaum.

Solomons turbine

Export turbine for the Solomon Islands packed for shipping....

Synergi unit

Bill Currie, Richard Butler and Tim Mepham with the Enatel Synergi based energy system for the Solomon Islands in the PHW development lab.

synergi testing

Enatel Synergi based energy system in final stages of development testing with Thinair controller and comms module.

Solomons shipment

The complete system for the Solomon islands on the truck and away...

Sam field work

Sam McMullan completing a recent field check on a Thinair turbine.

Getting consent for Thinair 102turbine head

Like almost any other building or installation, Thinair 102 must be installed in accordance with the New Zealand Building Act. We have made a document to illustrate the consenting process for you.You'll find it here.

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South Dunedin
Dunedin 9012
New Zealand

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+64 (0) 2 728 06725

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