Airiva: Modular Rotary Turbine Walls Revolutionize Urban Wind Energy

Airiva: Modular Rotary Turbine Walls Revolutionize Urban Wind Energy

Since introducing the concept for an energy-generating wall in 2021, designer Joe Doucet has been tirelessly working to turn this innovative idea into reality. Now, with the launch of Airiva, a modular rotary wind turbine wall designed for urban installations, this vision is closer than ever to being realized. Airiva promises to revolutionize how cities and infrastructures harness wind energy, bringing sustainable power generation directly to the places where people live and work.

Designer: Joe Daucet

Wind energy has been instrumental in reducing global dependence on fossil fuels. However, the adoption of wind turbines for residential and commercial use has been slow, largely due to their intrusive designs. Airiva addresses this challenge by combining functionality with aesthetic appeal.

The wind turbine wall is composed of multiple rotary blades that spin independently, driving a generator to produce clean, renewable electricity. This modular and scalable solution is tailored for urban and suburban environments, allowing it to augment or coexist with other power generation methods. The electricity generated can be used on-site, stored, or fed back into the grid. The system is not only efficient but also quiet and safe, making it suitable for a wide range of environments. Potential installation sites include municipal and public facilities, commercial buildings, transportation networks, and coastal areas, among others.

Airiva places a strong emphasis on sustainability. The manufacturing process aims to use at least 80% post-consumer and recycled materials, aligning with circular economy principles and minimizing environmental impact. This commitment to sustainability is a fundamental aspect of Airiva’s design and manufacturing strategy.

One of Airiva’s key strengths is its flexibility. The system’s modular design allows it to be easily transported and scaled to meet specific site requirements. Multiple units can be networked together, creating a flexible, clean energy system that can adapt to various use cases. Additionally, Airiva is designed to complement other distributed energy technologies, providing a versatile alternative that can enhance existing installations.

Airiva’s smart technology enables remote monitoring of system and site information, offering visibility and control over geographically dispersed installations. Each unit consists of two segments, each measuring 2100mm in length and height and 1050mm in depth, along with an end hub unit for controls, communications, and power management. This design facilitates global transport and distribution, ensuring that the system can be deployed wherever it is needed.

The initial idea in 2021 envisioned a wall of 25 vertical-axis turbines with a total peak power output of 10 kilowatts. While the intermittent nature of wind means that actual energy production can vary, the refined Airiva system is expected to produce approximately 2,200 kWh annually per unit. While this may not cover the entire energy needs of an average home, it can significantly reduce energy bills. Larger installations, such as those on commercial campuses or transportation hubs, can harness more power, demonstrating the system’s scalability.

Currently in the prototyping stage, Airiva plans to begin customer pilots in the latter half of this year, with orders expected to open in 2025. Although specific figures have yet to be disclosed, Airiva’s targeted Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) aims to be competitive both domestically and internationally against other small-scale distributed energy resources. Upcoming pilots will be crucial in validating these claims and demonstrating the system’s effectiveness in real-world conditions.

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