A company based in Granard is marketing a new design for a wind turbine, which it claims will push the move towards cheap energy a whole lot closer.
Jim Smyth, founder and chief executive of Airsynergy, had one dilemma he was determined to solve: how to get more power for less. It was a conundrum prompted by his wife’s idea in 2008 to buy a wind turbine for their house – and in the belief that he could indeed solve the problem he joined with his brothers Gerard, David, Peter, Andrew and solicitor Adrian Kelly to set up Airsynergy.
What started out as a family affair has grown into something of much greater significance. None of the founders took a salary for the first months of the operation, with the family still unsure that Jim’s designs could produce the affordable, easy-to-install, fixed-power unit which he was working feverishly to complete.
However, Jim Smyth eventually designed the 5kw wind turbine which Airsynergy has now launched into the domestic market. The invention allows customers to fix the price point of their energy needs below €0.10 per k/w hour on a 5m/s wind site. The company says it offers twice the output of current market-leading turbines and addresses some of the main problems that have been traditionally associated with renewable energy.
Airsynergy says this is one of the cheapest sources of reliable, independent power on the planet, and makes wind energy economical on 80pc of the world’s land mass. The company believe the global trend towards “distributable energy” will be key to their growth going forward.
“It is targeted right across the board at residential and commercial users alike, basically anyone that has a power need that wants to fix the price point of power,” says Smyth. “The turbine is also planning-exempt for farmers and businesses customers. The products have to look well and be very quiet, effectively they have to deal with a lot of concerns that have gone in the past with different competitor products that haven’t performed well or that have been a nuisance to the end user.”
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