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New stackable wind power device aimed at circumventing planning barriers

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A new stackable wind power device has been tested at Durham University, after having been developed by inventor David Gilhooley.
New stackable wind power device aimed at circumventing planning barriers
Courtesy of David Gilhooley

The device, called DAVE (Dynamic Aero Variable Enclosure) is stackable within existing pylon and pole networks. It incorporates a lightweight and 360 degree aerodynamic enclosure which shields and steers the vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) into the oncoming wind. It also features a frictionless braking and lube free design, freeing itself from heavy maintenance and repair costs.

“DAVE also sits on utility poles and lampposts - it’s a no brainer, particularly for electric car recharge units” said David Gilhooley, inventor of the twice patented design.

Three working prototypes have been proven at Durham University and the unit has received acclaim from eminent leaders in the field at both home and overseas.

One of the major barriers to onshore wind development in the UK currently is the planning system itself, leading to wind farm applications that have been stuck in the planning system for years. DAVE can help to circumvent this problem by building wind power devices into existing structures.  

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