It’s about the wind farm, not just the rotor
The main problem being addressed by V3 is that renewable energy is not likely to become the predominant source of power for modern civilizations unless it, a) is clearly economically competitive or superior to [without any form of subsidization] any other form of power generation, b) can be located in most types of geographies and climates, and c) can operate without causing significant disruption to the transmission and distribution systems.
V3 believes the current path of development of traditional wind technologies will not likely achieve these criteria, even with the emergence of new power storage technologies, for the foreseeable future primarily because the manufacturers of traditional turbines are asking the wrong question (how to make the best rotor) and being driven by the wrong paradigm (that making the best rotor will result in the best wind farms).
While large companies like GE and Vestas focused on building larger and larger rotor blades, V3 took a different perspective and focused on aggregating a unique cluster of existing technologies to create a wind farm that does a better job of extracting energy from the ‘river of wind’ that passes over a given piece of land or waterway
Not a New Technology but a Completely New Approach
V3 was founded more than 12 years ago with a focus on identifying, refining as necessary, and aggregating complementary technologies and processes to create a multi-megawatt power ‘system’ that will be a major leap forward in energy density per wind farm and energy production per tower compared to traditional wind towers. V3’s efforts have resulted in being granted multiple patents relating to key components of the system and related processes, with more patents forthcoming
Benefits of the System’s Components are Multiplicative Leading to Results that are Extraordinary
It’s the unique combination of components that makes the difference. In addition, the interactions between the components are generally multiplicative leading to exponential increases in wind farm output. For example, V3’s base case tower is expected to generate over 52X more electricity from a typical 1,000 acre wind farm than those using the best modern 2-megawatt windmills for about two-thirds the capital cost per megawatt and with a dramatic reduction in volatility / intermittency – a critical issue facing transmission grid operators
Risks to Achieving Operational Targets are Minimized –
Minimal “New Technology” Risk
There are eight key components driving the extraordinary performance of a V3 wind farm, and all of them are either basic laws of physics or technologies that are already in commercial operation. Although there is work being done to refine the components for the unique V3 tower system environment, the basic operating characteristics of each component are well known.
In addition, the overall production of the system is not dependent on the performance of any one component. In other words, one or more of the components could perform substantially worse than expected without threatening the profound competitive advantage the V3 system has over current wind tower technologies.