The AIRFORCE10 is a state-of-the-art upwind horizontal turbine incorporating a range of features that are unique to turbines of this size. This has been achieved while simultaneously reducing the complexity of the system design and thereby controlling cost. The combination of advanced hardware design and software control has resulted in a turbine that delivers an enviable return on investment profile over its expected 20-year operational life, when compared to other turbines in this class.
The AIRFORCE10 is designed to be mounted on a galvanised steel tapered tower of 12m, 15m,18m or 20m high, subject to client and site requirements. The tower is hinged at the base so it may hydraulically tilted to greatly simplify initial turbine installation and subsequent system servicing.
A design principle adopted at outset reduced the component count fitted at the rotor head to the absolute minimum. Improved reliability is a natural consequence of the minimisation of the number of items exposed to extreme conditions with attendant reduced maintenance needs as access to the rotor head is minimised. Controlling the mass installed at the rotor head eases installation and also reduces the area exposed to the wind.