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
help with ideas, connections and solutions involving solar, wind, micro
other options for sustainable energy and its storage.
experienced in innovation
Our turbine’s elegance and innovation are no
surprise to those who know anything about engineering in New
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
a customer focused wind power system.
Supporting the core team are many wonderful
individual contributors and a cluster of amazing small companies who
developed and supply components and systems for our product. These
organisations really are the substance behind the New Zealand’s
fast moving innovations. (See our list of partners on the news page.)
The result? The Thinair 102 turbine:
reliable, simple and elegant.
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
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.
is now in production, and we are happy to help with site and
investigations. Please watch this site for news and progress,
us for more information and direct email updates.
Brochure - Thinair 102
infographic An explantion of some of the design