This Mixed Energy System Will Harness Both Wind and Solar Power
An innovative turbine will create sustainable, renewable energy in urban spaces
The need for renewable energy has become dire given how badly fossil fuel consumption is affecting our planet, while the energy bills and requirements soar every day. Harnessing solar energy and wind energy helps to fulfill power requirements but have you ever seen a design that combines both of these mechanisms together? Well, Uneole, a French start-up has come up with a mixed energy system that captures both solar energy and wind power.
It operates silently and has been created to be used in city buildings. The proposed mechanism contains wind turbines covered with a photovoltaic rooftop to increase energy production by 40% as compared to the sole solar energy option.
Wind energy in a way complements solar energy. The best part is that it acts like a dual renewable power source and creates a way to shift between the two as per weather conditions or use both, simultaneously. While solar power is generated during the daytime, the same design helps generate power using wind turbines at night or in windy weather.
This hybrid energy system by Uneole maximizes production in all seasons and creates more value for those who wish to harness renewable energy. It offers profitable, least expensive, and balanced renewable energy production in urban areas.
Furthermore, the wind turbines have been built using materials that can be easily recycled such as stainless steel and aluminum, reducing the equipment’s footprint. Uneole has also adopted algorithms to chalk out the ideal number of photovoltaic panels and turbines on different types of buildings. CEREMA, a French public agency, has awarded a certificate to Uneole regarding the noiseless operation of wind turbines without generating any harmful electromagnetic waves for building equipment and humans.
There are several advantages of this mixed energy system. For communities, it helps control the operating budget by securing part of power bills. It helps social landlords by improving the energy performance of their buildings. In the case of the companies, this system helps control the energy bill and brings an eco-responsible dimension to society.
This system by Uneole measures up to four meters in height. To create a better design the company has worked closely with ESER, which is a specialized design office. They have planned for the technology that can easily be adapted to all types of flat roofs which have an area of 150 square meters or more.
The company installed an experimental system at the CD2e LumiWatt site in Loos-en-Gohelle, Pas-de-Calais, France. They are hoping to get into large-scale production and are currently raising funds for this purpose.
Via: My Modern Met