Startup ventures to check Japanese vertical wind turbine expertise within the islands : Massive Island Now

VCCT Kanoa Wind. PC: HCDA

A Hawai‘i-based startup with ties to Japan is bringing state-of-the-art Japanese clear power expertise to Kaka‘ako Makai in Honolulu, to review its feasibility within the islands by working its one wind turbine for analysis and demonstration functions.

By partnering with the Hawai‘i Neighborhood Improvement Authority, Kanoa Winds Inc. positive factors entry to HCDA’s Entrepreneur Sandbox, the place they plan to put in a 0.5 kilowatt Vertical Coaxial Contra-rotating Twin Blades (VCCT) wind turbine, in keeping with a HCDA announcement.

“These compact vertical generators are efficiently utilized in densely populated areas all through Japan,” stated HCDA Govt Director Craig Nakamoto. “We’re very excited to be collaborating with Kanoa Winds to check this expertise’s small however mighty means to harness the ability of wind, for a brand new various to Hawai‘i’s clear power future.”


The VCCT wind turbine was created to generate secure and clear wind energy and has been used efficiently in Japan for greater than 15 years close to transportation hubs, hooked up to industrial amenities, and in residential mixed-use communities.

“The VCCT wind generators in Japan have been identified to have birds nesting throughout the system, proving the security and coexistence between the birds and the VCCT expertise,” defined Kanoa Winds Founder and CEO Kaname Takeya, who hails from Japan. “The distinguished Japan Falconiformes Middle has endorsed the expertise as a result of its security and reliability whereas having minimal affect on the surroundings.”

One of many key distinguishing options of VCCTs is that they generate energy at a a lot wider vary of wind speeds than conventional horizontal-axis wind generators, equivalent to these put in in on the West Maui Mountains. VCCTs can function at wind speeds between about 7 to 134 miles per hour. In distinction, conventional horizontal-axis wind generators sometimes cease producing energy at wind speeds of about 44 miles per hour.


Kanoa Winds will set up a 0.5 kilowatt VCCT unit close to the Hawai‘i Know-how Improvement Company Entrepreneur Sandbox, to conduct an in-depth research of this expertise: its wind velocity energy era, tools load, stability checks, security analysis, wildlife affect, and environmental evaluation. It’s shorter than a road gentle in top and it is going to be erected inside a footprint of about 24 sq. ft.

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