The Wind Solution
Than Coal And Natural Gas
In an age of monolithic sized wind turbines designed for large wind farms, the BarberWind Turbines 800kW Rim-Driven turbine is engineered to fill a substantial gap currently found in the wind industry, offering large machines for Distributed Wind applications designed to stand alone economically.
BarberWind Turbines technology offers the only solution to the costly and maintenance ridden components found on other wind turbine designs. We have no nacelle, no gearbox, and no pitch system. Our turbine also features an innovative supportive rim with a sweep area of 46,000 square feet of patent-pending 8-inch airfoil blades. The supportive rim makes each blade a complete airfoil by automatically keeping the entire leading edge of the blade perfectly into the wind at all times. Unlike traditional wind turbines, the tips of our blades do not bow back out of the wind losing energy from the most productive area of the blade. Third party testing of the new patent-pending BWT airfoil blade showed our 8-inch blade can produce power coefficients (Cp) approaching 50%. Combined with the self-pitching airfoil, the BWT blade can produce higher torque at startup providing very low cut-in speeds. This means that the power production performance using the BWT airfoil blade is 20-30% higher than other big blade designs.
The turbine is significantly more efficient than traditional wind turbines and is also much more cost effective delivering an LCOE of $23 USD/MWH, (2.3¢ USD/kWh), which is poised to make wind energy more economical than coal and natural gas. This inventive design will change the viability of wind energy. It makes the BarberWind Turbines 800kW machine the economically viable solution for remote locations, island nations, and community wind markets in need of large stand-alone units.
Many good wind sites cannot accommodate huge, utility-scale turbines or space for wind farms. A large number of sites globally, especially those around populated areas, are better suited to one or two machines per location, virtually eliminating the wind farm model. BarberWind Turbines technology is the perfect solution for remote installations, severe slope installations, or high-altitude installations. It is highly transportable allowing it to reach areas otherwise inaccessible to larger machines. Each turbine ships via standard transportation in eight standard semi-trailers or nine 40′ ocean going containers. This allows the 800kW to be delivered to virtually any wind site in the US, and around the world. Our patent-pending built-in lifting system eliminates the need for cranes during installation or downline maintenance. Nothing on the lifting system needs to be set-up or taken down. To raise the turbine, simply operate the winch switch and re-pin the tower when the turbine is vertical. Our lifting system allows our turbine to be lowered and secured in place in the case of threatening weather, and is engineered to survive a category 4 hurricane. This makes the BWT 800kW the only hurricane resilient wind turbine available.
More easily transported, erected, maintained, and financed than the large megawatt units, the BarberWind Turbines 800kW is the financially sound choice for island nations, community wind projects, commercial/industrial sites, large farms/ranches, college or high school campuses, and other places where net-metered power can be utilized. It provides the perfect balance between economic output and appropriate scale.
Don’t be fooled by its size, the BarberWind Turbines 800kW is also powerful enough to be used as a lower height alternative for many wind farm operations. The BarberWind Turbines 800kW will be built according to strict IEC 61400 guidelines to insure the highest degree of quality for a long service life. With its sleek profile, ultra-low noise signature, and highly efficient output, the BarberWind Turbines 800kW is an elegant solution for energy generation. It will be manufactured in the United States, reducing shipping costs and delivery times.