A CANADIAN INVESTMENT FIRM has stepped forward to fund the building of a 5-MW prototype of the two rotor Airgenesis design (airgenesiswind.com). The design was first covered here (tinyurl.com/airgenesis) in 2013. Briefly, the design uses two rotors on the same shaft rotating in the same direction. A right-angle drive in the nacelle turns a drive shaft to transmit power down tower to 11 MW of generators mounted at the base of the turbine. The arrangement opens up the possibility to create more power, takes weight off the tower, and provides for easier maintenance.
Airgenesis Senior Vice President Clayton Troxell says the 5-MW wind turbine, now the M2Y6Y 500 unit, will begin manufacturing later this year with construction to follow on Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2018, thanks to M2Miling Investments Limited (www.M2Miling.com). more