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
Two recent machines packed and ready to travel...
The same two machines at the final assembly and functional testing stage...
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.
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
Turbine chassis immediately out of mold.
Stator assemblies ready for overmolding
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
at the price point that is ultimately achievable.
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.
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
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 03-456-2288 or 027 -
registration of interest will help us greatly!
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.
Recent shot of turbine at off grid house (ours!)
running into the sunset, and keeping the battery charge up overnight.
blade successfully molded! Powerhouse Wind Workshop from left, PY
Potonnier, Katrina Thomson, Neil Shearer, Andreas Duerbaum.
Export turbine for the Solomon Islands packed for
Currie, Richard Butler and Tim Mepham with the Enatel Synergi based
energy system for the Solomon Islands in the PHW development lab.
Enatel Synergi based energy system in final
stages of development testing with Thinair controller and comms module.
The complete system for the Solomon islands on the
truck and away...
Sam McMullan completing a recent field check on a
consent for Thinair 102
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.