Regular readers may recall that I have written a couple of times about a new wind energy turbine technology designed for roof-top installation. Originally developed in the UK, the RidgeBlade® system is suitable for use on domestic and commercial buildings. Although the system won an international award and funding for commercial development, little more has been heard about it until now.
Remarkably, RidgeBlade® is now a Canadian-owned technology. The company, Power Collective Inc., has set up shop at Innovation Park in Kingston, Ontario. More information is available from their web site (https://ridgeblade.ca).
“In January 2017, early testing began at Western University’s WindEEE Research Institute. The WindEEE facilities allowed the RidgeBlade to be tested in various wind conditions confirming that the roof-mounted wind turbine can effectively harness the wind that is gathered by a sloped roof.
By simulating additional turbulence, we also proved that the RidgeBlade is an ideal system to use in urban environments, where the wind conditions can be unpredictable and inconsistent.” (RidgeBlade Completes Early Testing Phase In London, Ontario, Power Collective, Jan 16, 2017)
Since then the company was invited to exhibit at the Smart Energy Week in Tokyo, Japan, one of several hundred exhibitors of Small Wind and Hybrid technologies.
To advance it’s commercial ambitions, the company is currently interested in hearing from potential qualified system installers to bring the technology to the urban home and business market. According to the web site, they have representatives in Toronto and Montreal.
This is an exciting development considering that the Seimens wind turbine blade factory in Tillsonburg is winding down, and several conventional wind turbine tower projects have been loudly opposed by residents and environmentalists. The RidgeBlade® technology presents an opportunity to use wind power where solar may not be ideal, or an opportunity to optimize renewable energy generation by combining both. Local power generation is a trend that is only gathering momentum. Combined with micro-grids and battery storage, our energy landscape will experience a complete make-over.