Innovation and improvement is a driving factor in any technology field or research area. It is an important way to push the boundaries of what is possible. This is particularly important in rapidly developing industries such as the renewable energy generation and storage industry TESUP finds itself a part of. As a result, TESUP is strongly committed to a continuous improvement approach to TESUP products. This innovation and research is led by a local workshop which has been recently producing some very promising work! One of the many current focuses of the workshop has been making improvements to the popular TESUP turbine, the TESUP AtlasX vertical turbine. This turbine is a staple TESUP product and has so much potential to be improved! TESUP engineers have been developing the turbine to be better in many ways and TESUP is now ready to show some of these improvements off!
Vertical Wind Turbines Power
The first major improvement is to the turbine, as well as the Atlas 2.0 turbine are getting an upgrade to their generators! The new generators are specifically designed with vertical wind turbines such as the AtlasX and Atlas 2.0 in mind and are capable of generating 220-240 Volts even at low speeds, reaching an overall capacity of 3-4 kW! A great jump in potential power compared to previous iterations of the turbine at 2kW. To commemorate these great changes the Atlas 2.0 will become the Atlas 4.0! These generators will sit in a casing produced from a siliceous sheet material. With these new improvements the turbines will generate more power at every spinning speed.
As a warning to future AtlasX and Atlas 2.0 users, these new turbines will not be compatible with low capacity electricity storage batteries. As the electricity generation of this new type of turbine is higher than previous models, the generator will quickly charge low capacity batteries to full. Once this occurs the excess current generated by the rotor will have nowhere to go, resulting in damage to the power generation components. This will likely disable your turbine or significantly reduce the efficiency of its power generation. So please do be careful!
One of the more recent improvements was an improvement to the material used to produce the blades for the AtlasX. Previously, the blades had been produced from sheet metal steel. This had the benefit of being a good strong material but is also quite a relatively heavy material. This high weight of the blades makes them difficult to spin as they have a high moment of inertia (higher mass of an object results in a harder to move object). This is quite an issue for wind turbines which would ideally spin as much as possible. In lower winds this would not be possible with a heavy set of turbine blades.
Most recent developments have seen this steel material replaced with an aluminium alloy. This is a material commonly used in the aerospace and aviation industry for its high strength to weight ratio and low relative density. As a result of this improvement the blades are now much lighter than they were previously while still remaining just as strong, if not stronger than previous iterations! These new, lighter blades will help to reduce the inertial moment of the turbine body and help to get the turbine spinning in lower wind speeds!
Screw less assembly
Another recent improvement is one that might directly affect you as a TESUP customer! We know that it can sometimes be tricky to assemble products at home and you don't have time to waste spending all day setting it up. So, TESUP tries to make it as simple as possible to get your turbine set up in an optimal way as quickly as possible with the lowest amount of fiddling possible. Figuring out which screws you need, which holes to put them in and which screwdriver to use can be an absolute pain, so this is a problem TESUP engineers have tackled!
The blades of the new AtlasX model will be completely screw less! This means the attachment points at the top and bottom of the blades won't have any screws whatsoever and will instead use a system implemented by TESUP engineers to securely attach the blades to the turbine body. Now, you wont need to fiddle around with screws to get a well secured turbine blade! Not only that but the less screws there are, the less potential for loose, rattling screws and reduced maintenance required, how great!
Wider catchment area
If that wasn't enough the turbine blades are getting an upgrade (also known as wings or sails) These are the parts of the turbine that catch horizontal gusts of wind and convert them into a rotational movement around the central shaft. This component is important for many reasons, one of which is that the blades have a massive influence on the efficiency of the turbine. Therefore, if you want to increase the power output of a given turbine, the blades are often a good first place to analyse to try to find improvements and efficiency increases.
This was achieved by increasing the size, shape and relative position of the blades. By increasing the size of the blades and the amount they protrude from the casing, the surface area of the blades is increased. This leads to an increase in the amount of wind which contacts the blades and pushes them, leading to a greater rotational force and more potential for power generation! The shape of the curve applied to the blade is also an important factor which has been optimised for this TESUP turbine. You can really see the difference between some older models and the new ones!