Harnessing urban wind power: innovative building-integrated technology

A collaboration between the Cluster for Sustainable Cities of the Faculty of Creative & Cultural Industries at the University of Portsmouth and the Southampton-based company MA Systems and Control Ltd is exploring the potential for innovative building-integrated urban wind power technology.

This Emerging Technologies Innovate UK funded research project, “Wind ASSURE”, is a collaboration between industry and the University that will allow the business partner to ensure public acceptance and optimum urban integration of the new technology. The technology is an alternative to the conventional wind turbine and can use low wind speeds. The innovation is expected to outperform big turbines at much lower wind speeds which are frequently found in urban areas.

The project is led by Dr Dennis Majoe, Director of MA Systems and Control Ltd working with Professor Steffen Lehmann, Director of the Cluster of Sustainable Cities in the CCI Faculty, and involves other University staff and Cluster members Dr Alessandro Melis, Francis Graves and Walter Menteth of the School of Architecture.

“The collaboration with the University of Portsmouth’s Cluster for Sustainable Cities is an exciting initiative we are very pleased with, and look forward to engaging in the work,” said Dr Majoe. “Winning the Innovate UK grant together with the Cluster was great news, and now that our technology and prototype is rapidly developing, we are interested to identify the best solutions for a seamless integration of our technology in architectural and urban developments and in public space.”

Professor Steffen Lehmann said: “It’s excellent news that we are able to work with such an innovation-driven industry partner, which allows us to work on a cutting-edge R&D activity and contribute in a meaningful way on the sustainability and design integration aspects of novel urban energy solutions. The project is tackling one of today’s grand challenges, which is how to generate renewable energy through decentralised systems that have no more rotating elements and can feed the generated energy into a smart grid, which will allow the city to turn into a power station.”

Photo (Front row, from left to right): Dr Alessandro Melis, David Majoe and Dr Dennis Majoe of MA Systems and Control Ltd, Prof Steffen Lehmann (Back row): Mr Francis Graves and Mr Walter Menteth

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