Privately held Tera Moya Aqua unveiled there new vertical windmill which it says is more efficient than traditional propeller designs. They claim their windmill creates up to 80% more power from the same wind as conventional wind turbines. They claim several advantages for their design including:
- Less dangerous to birds
- Very quiet operation
- Lower maintenance costs because their critical equipment is more accessible
- Lower capital costs due to simpler design
- More acceptable because of lower profile - less visual pollution
- Superior handling of high gusts of winds
The turbine assembly consists of two primary components, the rotor and a set of air foils/stators. The gearbox, generator and controls for the unit are housed in the building at the base of the unit.The company plans to sell turbines generating from 500 watts to 1 megawatt. The smaller ones are portable and can be used by farmers, the military and remote cabin owners.