Partnership Program - Applied Research Collaborative Projects

Project no. 41/2014, acronym HYWINDT


Vertical Axis Hybrid Wind Turbine







actual stage



Financing authority: Executive Unit for Funding the Higher Education System, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI)

Project title: Vertical Axis Hybrid Wind Turbine

Project acronym: HYWINDT

Project code: PN-II-PT-PCCA-2013-4-1743

Contract number: 41/2014

Project duration: 01.07.2014 - 30.09.2017 (39 months)

Total contract value (including co-financing): 1.437.500 lei

Funding from government: 1.250.000 lei

Project short description: The HYWINDT project proposes the development of innovative components for Hybrid Wind Turbine (HWT) with vertical axis. HWT can be used as renewable energy solution for generating both electrical and thermal energy. Unlike classical wind turbines that convert the wind kinetic energy into electricity only, a HWT converts it both in electricity and thermal energy using a single and compact Hybrid Wind Generator (HWG).

The technical solutions proposed in the framework of the project allows the development of HWT characterized by several advantages with respect to the classical ones, such as: higher efficiency, compactness, small costs and easier control.

The HWTs can be mixed with other renewable energy harnessing technologies (PV panels, solar thermal collectors, heat pumps etc.) depending on the geographical position of the end-user and on the local renewable energy potential. The coupling of the HWT with PV panels and solar thermal collectors could provide better results since in many situations the solar and wind energies compensate each other naturally (stronger winds in the winter and stronger sunlight in the summer).

The proposed solutions have numerous applications and a good sales potential. They can be used as solutions to provide electric and thermal energy for various categories of end-users such as: residential or commercial buildings, small farms, green-houses, etc. Vertical axis HWTs can be mounted on building roofs (especially on high buildings), on lateral building walls or near the buildings either in urban or in rural areas.

A special application of HWTs, with huge economical and ecological impact, consists in their use as electricity and heat sources for the new generation of energy efficient buildings whose annual average energy demand should be supplied from renewable sources (such as wind energy, solar energy, geothermal etc.) by means of power systems integrated into the buildings themselves or placed in their immediate vicinity. The large scale implementation of the energy efficient buildings could bring important benefits for the world economy, such as: a sustainable development of buildings sector, huge energy savings, increase of energy security, reduction of buildings ecological footprint, smaller dependence on fossil fuels etc. HWTs used as power sources for these buildings can operate at higher efficiency than other systems, since they can be mounted directly on the building rooftops or close to them working thus with minimal thermal losses.

The general objective of the project consists in the design, development, testing and monitoring for the first time at national and international level, of innovative components for HWTs able to produce simultaneously electric and thermal energy. The general objective of the project can be broken down in the following specific objectives: analysis of feasible constructive solutions of components for HWTs with vertical axis; design and execution of the experimental models of the HWG and of the energy management system; experimental testing and monitoring of the HWG and of the energy management system.

The participants involved in the execution of the research project are University Politehnica of Bucharest (UPB), SC Aeolus Energy International SRL and National Institute for R&D in Electrical Engineering (ICPE-CA).

The proposed objectives are reachable, the participants involving a large number of specialists with rich expertise in all the activity areas convergent to the studied topics, such as: electrical machines, heat transfer analysis, materials science, power electronics, measurement and data acquisition systems, etc.

The project end product is represented by a functional model of HWG equipped with an energy management system destined for HWTs, with a total output power (electric and thermal) of 3 kW. The innovative elements studied in the framework of the project will be intellectually protected by at least 2 patents and the results will be disseminated by at least 4 ISI articles/papers.









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