There's plenty of wind, in built up areas and other places that don’t suit a full-sized or conventional windmill.
To harness this wind we came up with the Urbine concept – our urban wind turbine.
The Urbine is what's known as a 'vertical axis turbine' – instead of having blades on one side that rotate like the hands of a clock (for example) and face the direction of the wind like a conventional (old school) windmill, vertical axis windmills rotate around their tower and the blades catch the wind, whatever direction it comes from.
There’s a certain elegance in the look of these vertical axis machines – there’s also an elegance in their engineering and their interaction with the wind. That’s what attracted us.
Our prototype Urbine is installed at the site of our first windmill, at Lynch Knoll in Stroud, where we carry out rigorous testing on it. It’s one big step on the way to the finished article.
We're excited about what the Urbine could achieve. Capturing the power of the wind the power of the wind, in places where larger and more conventional machines won't work, is an essential part of the future and an essential part of an Energy Independent Britain. We'll keep you posted as work on the Urbine progresses.
We’re actually doing lots of great things to harness the power of the wind with small windmills.
The main way we’re doing this is through Britwind, our small wind company, where we use our expertise in the big wind industry to design and manufacture radical new horizontal and vertical axis small windmills.
Britwind is the UK’s leading small wind exporter – you can find out more about all the great stuff we’re doing at Britwind.