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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

Our 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

The 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.

Traditionally, 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.

The 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.

Thinair 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.

Product Brochure - Thinair 102

Thinair infographic   An explantion of some of the design strategy


creative clutter!

The creative clutter: Coaxing the systems to life - left to right: Peter Shaw, Richard Butler, Wayne O'Hara

2009 development

simple and elegant

The result: Simple and elegant - and the perfect complement to PV

OUR STORY        

         3 Midland St
South Dunedin
Dunedin 9012
New Zealand

+64 (0) 3 456 2288
+64 (0) 2 728 06725

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