Halo Energy LLC, a micro wind turbine manufacturer, is now in production of its one-of-a-kind, high-efficiency shrouded wind turbines, with their first 10 commercial units scheduled for delivery in Q2 2019. The HALO-6.0 turbine, designed to address the energy requirements of the expanding off-grid telecom tower market worldwide, has a rated capacity of 6 kW and is the most efficient micro wind solution in production, according to Halo Energy co-founder and CEO Vincent Loccisano. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
"The HALO-6.0 delivers two times as much energy as any similar-sized conventional, open-bladed wind turbine, while reducing diesel-fuel consumption and providing reliable, low-cost renewable electricity" claimed Loccisano. The first commercial unit will be delivered to an Alaskan telecommunications company, whose growing network of remote cell towers and desire to eliminate dependency on diesel generators align perfectly with the Halo Energy turbine.
Turbine performance has been validated using data collected in 2018 from Halo Energy's test wind turbine in Massachusetts. "From an efficiency perspective, our innovative shroud design outperforms anything we've seen on the market. The size, weight, and price make this an ideal solution for the telecom industry, particularly given the ease of installation and ability to mount directly onto existing cell towers," said Loccisano.
Derived from jet engine technology, Halo Energy's proprietary design utilizes two closely-coupled, convex shrouds that encircle the turbine blades. The turbine acts as a passive pump, pulling air over the blades.
The HALO-6.0 wind turbine:
- 3.7 meter (12 feet) shroud diameter
- 6 kW rated capacity
- mounts directly to telecommunications towers - no cranes, no additional leased lands, no geotechnical studies, no separate towers or foundations
- tower loading is similar to that of a 1.5-meter microwave antenna
- fewer turbine components increases turbine reliability, serviceability and lifespan
- contains only two moving parts
- blade pitch (angle) is fixed; turbine passively aligns itself into the prevailing wind without the need for complex subsystems
- manufactured from fiberglass and galvanized steel, both readily available
- designed to integrate seamlessly with solar energy and battery storage solutions
Halo Energy is in discussions with hybrid energy providers in Australia, Canada, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia who bundle solar energy, wind energy and battery storage for their telecommunications customers.
Source and top image: Halo Energy LLC