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Reference Number ETI-WIND-1
Title NOVA - novel offshore vertical axis turbine
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Wind Energy) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 40%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
OTM Consulting Ltd
Award Type Standard
Funding Source ETI
Start Date 01 January 2009
End Date 30 June 2010
Duration 18 months
Total Grant Value £2,800,000
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region South East
Programme Offshore Wind
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , OTM Consulting Ltd (99.993%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Strathclyde (0.001%)
Project Contact , QinetiQ Ltd (0.001%)
Project Contact , University of Sheffield (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cranfield University (0.001%)
Project Contact , The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) (0.001%)
Project Contact , James Ingram & Associates (0.001%)
Project Contact , Windpower Ltd (0.001%)
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Objectives No Objectives supplied
  • A feasibility study on the technical and commercial viability of vertical axis turbines
  • Investigated 5MW and 10MW designs based on aerogenerator rotor concepts
  • The project was delivered by a consortium featuring industry and academia.

The NOVA project delivered a feasibility study which evaluated the technical and commercial viability of a 5MW and 10MW vertical axis turbine, based upon the aerogenerator rotor concept. It also evaluated specific design options for the rotor, drivetrain and foundations.

Project Managed by OTM Consulting Ltd, the consortium also included Wind Power Ltd, the Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science and the Universities of Cranfield, Sheffield and Strathclyde. Started in January 2009 with an ETI investment of 2.8m and completed in summer 2010 the project provided the ETI with valuable information that helped shape the next stage of our Offshore Wind programme.

The project showed that the Nova concept was commercially and technically feasible. Our further analysis suggested that horizontal access wind turbines will evolve faster than vertical access wind turbines and provide lower costs of energy in the short to medium term.

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Added to Database 29/03/12