The first commercial application of the Eco Whisper turbine, the world’s quietest 20kW wind turbine, is being installed and will be connected to the grid near Tullamarine in Melbourne.
Produced and developed by Queensland-based Renewable Energy Solutions Australia (RESA), the 30 blade Eco Whisper turbine delivers virtually silent operation and produces up to 30 percent more power than conventional 3-bladed turbine designs.
Ideal for mid-sized facilities and perfect to replace diesel generation facilities, the Eco Whisper collects wind more efficiently and can operate in both high and low wind conditions. One turbine can produce enough power for around three average homes.
RESA chief executive Tony Le Messurier says: “The Eco Whisper Turbine is set to revolutionise delivery of renewable electricity supply to midsize commercial, manufacturing or industrial facilities, particularly in rural or remote locations that rely on diesel replacement.
“The Eco Whisper is a huge advancement for wind power technology. The quietness of the turbine and its ability to operate efficiently in a range of wind conditions makes it sell-suited for organizations seeking to impact their greenhouse gas emissions and respond to the new carbon pricing regime.”
The Tullamarine installation is the culmination of two years of testing and development for Eco Whisper, which was launched in October 2011. It follows a pilot demonstration at the manufacturers facility in Geelong.
Eco Whisper was a finalist in the 2011 Australian Cleantech Awards and has been awarded a $250,000 commercialisation grant from the Federal Government, part of which will go into the development of a 5kW model.
The company will present to investors at the upcoming Wholesale Investor Capital Showcase in Brisbane on April 4.