The Aerogenerator is a Grimshaw design for a new form of large-scale offshore wind turbine originally inspired by the forms of sycamore seeds and beach pebbles. This vertical axis device is designed to float (anchored to the sea-bed with cables) such that it can be positioned far out to sea in high wind speeds. Each rotor arm is the same length as the Eiffel Tower is high. The output would exceed that of any conventional turbine constructed to date. This scheme is currently undergoing scale prototype testing.
Client - Windpower Limited (Theo Bird)
Aeronautical Engineer - David Sharp
Designers - Grimshaw (Eoin Billings, Duncan Jackson, Michael Pawlyn, Jonas Stedelik)
Structural Engineer - Atelier One