The Swedish innovation company InnoVentum introduced an upgraded version of its wind-solar power plant. The working name is Giraffe 2.0, because nothing else but a futuristic giraffe, this design is not like. It consists of 24 standard modules of solar batteries, plus a wind generator on a mast with a height of 12 m.
The total design capacity of such a station is 38 kW per day, which, depending on the insolation factor and the wind rose of the region, will provide 10-20 MW-h per year. Swedish engineers have relied on the simplicity of construction and operation – the Giraffe itself is stationary, but its wind generator rotates after the wind, and the location of the solar panels allows you to catch a maximum of photons at every moment of daylight. If you put the design the right side to the sun, of course.
The purpose of this particular station is extremely simple – to recharge anything from smartphone batteries to electric vehicle batteries. This is not a household appliance, but rather an economic one, since there are two chargers with a peak power of up to 50 kW. Or the device can become an interactive part of the city’s landscape, although in fact it is intended for installation where there are no communications and power lines in sight.
The cost of Giraffe 2.0 starts at $ 66,000, the payback period depends on the mode of operation, and this is the source of clean energy itself. No need to rack your brains and make a choice between the wind and the sun – the installation offers two modes in one, plus it continues to generate power even when one of the sources becomes unavailable due to the weather change.
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