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.
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
trio of Bill Currie, Wayne O’Hara and Richard Butler all worked together
for Fisher & Paykel Appliances in Dunedin, designing world-leading
Until recently, household wind
power generation has largely been limited to wind turbines built by
enthusiasts. With a shared passion for developing sustainable energy,
our engineers began to discuss the idea of a wind turbine that could be
as user-friendly as the best domestic appliances.
then used their experience in designing high-volume, mass-market
consumer products to design and manufacture a wind turbine purpose-built
for use in a domestic environment. 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.
Development of the Thinair
102 to commercial viability will be completed by mid 2013. Please watch
this site for news and progress, or contact us for more information and
direct email updates.
Brochure - Thinair 102