A new hybrid technology that integrates wind and solar power is being developed by SME McCamley Middle East Ltd with research input from the University of Bath’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
McCamley’s hybrid turbines encase wind turbine blades in an outer frame, which is topped with solar cells. Unlike traditional turbine, McCamley says the structure has proven to be bat and bird friendly, with animals being deterred from the blades by the outer frame.
The turbines have been designed to be mounted on buildings and in built-up areas and are lightweight so reduce the impact on buildings, and the multi-leg design distributes the load onto the building evenly.
Dr Hadi Abulrub, ceo of McCamley Middle East Ltd and a University of Bath alumnus, said: “The success of McCamley’s hybrid turbine in meeting customer needs and addressing existing associated problems with traditional turbines is the result of innovation and research by both our team and that at the University of Bath.
“Our resulting turbine addresses many of the concerns that the energy sector and the general public have with other renewable technologies, and we believe that as a company we’re set to revolutionise the sector.”
Dr Necip Sahinkaya, academic lead at the University of Bath, said: “Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) form a significant share of the UK’s economic activities and are being increasingly recognised by the Government as an important vehicle for future growth and economic recovery.
“Through the University of Bath working with SMEs like McCamley we’re able to provide a unique environment and leadership. We aim to match our young engineers with innovative companies like this one where the resulting product contributes to the future of our country.”