Iceland Builds Turbine To Withstand High Gales


Iceland is a strong example of how renewable energy can power a modern economy. The country already runs on 100% renewable energy. Most of the energy is obtained from hydropower and geothermal sources.

Though the country is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, wind power hasn’t been tapped into until now. This is because Iceland is so windy that traditional turbines can spin out of control.

The country has been harnessing wind power since 2013 but the traditional turbines just don’t fare well when the winds pick up. Luckily for Iceland, entrepreneur and inventor Saethor Asgeirsson just had the right concept in mind.

The new IceWind CW1000 turbine stands vertically on a wide base and features curved blades. The unique blade shape allows the turbine to endure Iceland’s consistently high wind speeds.

Made from high strength aluminium, stainless steel and carbon fiber, it spins 90% slower than normal wind turbines. The turbine blends elegantly into the environment, is nearly silent and easy to install. It also comes in various colors and doesn’t affect bird life.

This small, elegant turbine yields up to 1,000W at 10 m/s. Along with a small heat pump, the turbine can fully supply an average cabin with heating and power suitable for both on and off grid applications. It is designed to be useful in both low-wind areas and extreme weather conditions.

The company has already begun selling the CW1000 for residential use with plans to also sell the product globally. It is looking for distributors to bring its product to Europe and North America.

Catch a glimpse of the new wind turbine in the below video.