It all started in Dunedin around a smoko table at Fisher & Paykel’s Range and Dishwasher division.
To product development engineers all things are possible, so the initial concept of an appliance like product, designed for scaled manufacturing based around high wind protection mechanisms using a single blade, was developed.
The ThinAir turbine progressed through concept design to a working prototype. Further progress required capital investment which was provided by way of a Callaghan Innovation technology transfer with an equal investment provided by family and friends. The technology transfer grant enabled the involvement of the Otago Polytechnic Innovation workspace in continuing the product development.
Working with the Polytechnic over a 2-year period resulted in the manufacture of the first off tooled prototypes which were sold and installed at various locations around the South Island.
During the field testing of prototypes Powerhouse Wind embarked on a crowdfunding campaign that successfully raised half a million dollars and added over 100 shareholders to the companies share register.