The name does say it all. Powerhouse Wind is about using the wind to
power your home (or marae/bach/crib/woolshed…). Our elegant and robust
Thinair turbine takes an utterly new approach to wind power, providing
quiet, affordable, highly efficient electricity generation from New
Zealand’s often gusty winds.
Our genesis has been the development of Thinair, but we also have a great
enthusiasm for distributed renewable energy in all its forms, and are here to
help with ideas, connections and solutions involving solar, wind, micro hydro and
other options for sustainable energy and its storage.
Engineers experienced in innovation
turbine’s elegance and innovation are no surprise to those who know
anything about engineering in New Zealand.
Powerhouse Wind’s original team of Bill Currie, Wayne O’Hara Richard Butler
and Peter Shaw have all worked in a variety of creative engineering
organisations and share a common desire to apply that experience to developing
a customer focused wind power system.
Supporting the core team are many wonderful individual contributors and a cluster of amazing small companies who have
developed and supply components and systems for our product. These
organisations really are the substance behind the New Zealand’s reputation for
fast moving innovations. (See our list of partners on the news page.)
The result? The Thinair 102 turbine:
reliable, simple and elegant.
The unique benefits of the Thinair 102
first thing people ask when they see a Thinair turbine is ‘Why does it
have only one blade?’ The answer to that question is the key to
understanding the unique benefits that Thinair's innovative and patented
single blade, teetering hub, design offers.
wind turbines are constructed with multiple blades, attached to a fixed
hub. The Thinair turbine, by contrast, has a freely teetering hub
design that allows the blade's angle to change in response to variations
in wind speed. As a result the Thinair makes efficient use of strong
and gusty wind; it harnesses gusty wind to generate extra energy. The
teetering hub also protects the turbine from damaging stress, allowing
the blade to swing into a safe horizontal park position in extreme wind
conditions. This approach is also less noisy than the traditional
angling of the rotor to the wind method used by most upwind machines.
addition of two equispaced counterweights balances the rotor and allows
the machine to operate dynamically like a three bladed wind turbine
while maintaining the advantages of a single blade. View a short video
clip of the Thinair 102 operating.
is now in production, and we are happy to help with site and application
investigations. Please watch
this site for news and progress, or contact us for more information and
direct email updates.
Brochure - Thinair 102
Thinair infographic An explantion of some of the design strategy