Tampa Electric has selected the 200-kW Invelox wind power generation from Sheerwind to be built as a pilot project in 2015 in Apollo, Fla. for the Big Bend Power Station.
After sufficient data is collected (6 to 8 months) and if the technology is shown to be viable, Tampa Electric may purchase a utility-scale 1.8 MW Invelox system. SheerWind’s Invelox funnel system is a solution that utilizes current wind power turbines and rotors, but brings them to ground level for easier, safer, and cheaper operation and maintenance. Multiple turbines can be used in a row or series to increase output capacity for each tower while reducing downtime to near zero.
“We are pleased to be included in Tampa Electric’s Big Bend Power Station. They understand the importance of exploring and showcasing new technology,” said Steve Hill, CEO of SheerWind. “This project will assist in SheerWind’s mission to provide sustainable, affordable, electrical energy to anyone, anywhere.”
Tampa Electric serves almost 700,000 customers in West Central Florida.
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Richard McIver says
I have a similar concept. No $150,000,000 large windmill ($75/watt for 2 MW windmill) and costly repairs and cranes. Cranes very
expensive. This the right idea. Mine even simpler, but need a tower and small windmill on it to test, demonstrate, show it.
I hope to get someone with such to try this.