A wind turbine is a device that converts the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy. Wind turbines are manufactured in a wide range of vertical and horizontal axis types. The smallest turbines are used for applications such as battery charging for auxiliary power for boats or caravans or to power traffic warning signs. Slightly larger turbines can be used for making contributions to a domestic power supply while selling unused power back to the utility supplier via the electrical grid. Arrays of large turbines, known as wind farms, are becoming an increasingly important source of intermittent renewable energy and are used by many countries as part of a strategy to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. Wind was shown to have the “lowest relative greenhouse gas emissions, the least water consumption demands and… the most favourable social impacts” compared to photo-voltaic, hydro, geothermal, coal and gas.
At MAFTREE, we have been developing our own vertical axis wind turbines – 2 bladed 180 degrees swept and 3 bladed 120 degrees swept composite bladed solutions under the brand of Cenkutt CVX50. We have also currently negotiating a collaborative agreement with High Peak Courses, UK to develop innovative technologies for efficient small wind turbines for agro-farms, sustainable rural centres and offshore.
Energy storage is the capture of energy produced at one time for use at a later time. A device that stores energy is sometimes called an accumulator or battery. Energy comes in multiple forms including radiation, chemical, gravitational potential, electrical potential, electricity, elevated temperature, latent heat and kinetic. Energy storage involves converting energy from forms that are difficult to store to more conveniently or economically storable forms. With modern trend of pollution free electric cars, MAFTREE is actively engaged in developing high pressure energy storage composite tanks for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles under research collaborations.