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Engineering the QR5 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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Quiet Revolution Ltd. have engineered their iconic QR5 vertical-axis wind turbine specifically for application in the places where people live and work. This influences all aspects of the turbine, from the general configuration to the aesthetics to the business model. In this talk, Tamás Bertényi, the Innovation and Research Director at Quiet Revolution and one of the original engineers, will present an overview of the sector and the main drivers, including technical issues such as the peculiarities of the urban wind resource as well as some of the commercial issues. The talk will then present why Quiet Revolution engineers believe the QR5 is the best solution for this application. This will showcase some of the detailed engineering solutions to the unique drivers in this sector. Finally, the talk will conclude with an assessment of the product in practice, drawing on real-world data and observations. A complete engineering view will be taken, including operation, maintenance and commercial considerations.

Dr Bertényi is an aeronautical engineer with a PhD from the University of Cambridge and over 14 years expertise in experimental aerodynamics. His experiences range from the commercial aircraft industry to the pedagogy of Sustainable Engineering and Energy. At first a consultant on the initial aerodynamic design of the QR5 concept, he joined Quiet Revolution full-time when it was founded in early 2006 and went on to engineer the original systems design, energy conversion system, and control system of the turbine, including the patented Gust Tracking technology. As Innovation and Research Director, Tamás is now focused on developing innovation for the next generation QR products.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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