BASF is testing Aeromine Technologies’ patented motionless wind collection system.
PV Magazine from USA
A new patented bladeless wind power unit from Aeromine Technologies is challenged to compete with rooftop solar as a local source of clean energy that can be integrated into the built environment. According to the company, the scalable, “stable” wind power unit can produce 50% more electricity than rooftop solar.
The technology uses aerodynamics similar to the profile of a race car to capture and enhance the flow of air out of each building. The unit requires 10% of the space required for solar panels and generates electricity 24 hours a day. Aeromine claims that unlike conventional wind turbines, which are fast, annoying and dangerous to migratory birds, the patented system is stable and virtually silent.
An aeromine system typically consists of 20 to 40 units installed on the side of a building facing the prevailing wind direction. The company claims the unit can produce electricity in all weather conditions, reducing the energy storage capacity needed to meet a building’s energy needs. Occupying little space on the roof, the unit can be combined with rooftop solar power, a new tool for decarbonization and energy independence.
According to Architecture 2030, buildings and the built environment are responsible for approximately 50% of carbon emissions globally. The operation of buildings contributes to 27% of emissions, while the materials and construction of buildings, as well as the energy use of the building, contribute. Industry, is estimated to account for another 20%. This represents an opportunity for innovative technologies to be adopted for buildings to build more efficiently and generate electricity without emissions.
“This is a game changer that adds new value to the rapidly growing rooftop power generation market, helping companies meet their resilience and sustainability goals with an untapped distributed renewable energy source. Aeromine CEO David Asrano said “Aeromine’s proprietary technology brings the performance of wind power to the on-site generation market, while reducing the legacy limitations posed by less efficient rotating wind turbines and solar panels.”
BASF Corporation is currently testing the Aeromine system at a manufacturing plant in Wyandotte, Michigan. The patented technology was validated through joint research with Sandia National Laboratories and Texas Tech University.
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