2010  Finalist

Winduction

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UK

Winduction is to commercialize a revolutionary small wind turbine. Their patented and proven design (a prototype is currently running in Ireland) allows small wind to be cost-competitive with grid-parity in many developed markets, enabling cost-effective distributed generation and small wind to become a reality. Winduction holds the IP rights to a generation and control system that acts as an ‘electronic gearbox’, enabling significantly better performance than any existing small turbine, minimal mechanical stress for increased safety and uses off-the-shelf components such as an induction motor. Additionally, this high efficiency is nearly flat across the operating wind speed range, a technical advantage unique to the company. Winduction will bring cost-effective microgeneration to mature and developing markets around the world, including 25% of the global population who have no access to grid electricity.