Homeowners Go Green with Wind Turbines Designed in SolidWorks 3D CAD and Simulation Software
CONCORD, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—February 23, 2009—
Homeowners and small businesses throughout the U.K. are using micro
to cut their energy costs while reducing their carbon
footprint. The Scottish company is also using
to improve overall performance and
efficiency. Windsave standardized on SolidWorks to refine the technology
and accelerate development of its wall-mounted micro-wind turbine system
to reduce the amount of power a home or business draws from the national
Founded in 2002 in Glasgow, Windsave is the largest micro wind turbine
installer in the U.K. and at the forefront of a movement to bring
green energy choices to consumers.
The micro wind turbine stands just over three meters (nearly 10 feet)
tall with a bladespan of 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) and is attached to a
As wind spins the blades, the turbine generates electricity that
supplements the incoming electricity from the grid, reducing the
amount the customer has to pay for, and decreasing overall carbon
Windsave has reduced the number of prototypes to test new products or
features from four to one, saving up to £3,000 ($4,400), using
SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation.
The company has also reduced the prototype production and testing
process from eight weeks to two.
As the company expands sales internationally in 2009, Mike Lumsdaine
and his team will explore the possibility of mounting smaller versions
of the micro turbines on street lights so municipalities can cut
Wind Energy Council predicts that the global wind market will grow
by over 155 percent to reach 240 gigawatts (GW) of total installed
capacity by 2012.
The amount of wind energy produced globally will represent nearly
three percent of global electricity consumption by 2012, according to
a Global Wind Energy Council
More than one third of
Union electricity must come from renewable resources by 2020,
according to the recently signed
Energy Directive. Wind power will account for most of that
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From Mike Lumsdaine, mechanical engineer at Windsave
“With SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation, we’ve been able to refine
the action of the tailfin so that it is more efficient and aerodynamic.
Additionally, prototyping costs and time kept adding up with
Pro/ENGINEER. SolidWorks and SolidWorks Simulation allow us to produce
and test a sample on screen to see if we’ve over- or under-engineered
it. That’s a huge benefit when optimizing a design.”
Windsave relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller Thom Microsystems for
ongoing software training, implementation, and support.
Windsave Ltd., established in 2002, is a dynamic Scottish company within
the Renewable Energy sector. We are focused on developing micro
generation solutions for domestic and commercial properties. The
Windsave System is a small wind turbine generator system, which uses low
wind speeds to create electricity. The Windsave System uses our unique
technology, which generates electricity supplementary to the national
grid supply, reducing reliance on traditional energy sources; benefiting
the environment, and helping to lower domestic electricity bills and CO2
emissions. For more information, visit the Web site (
About Thom Micro Systems, Ltd.
Thom Micro Systems Ltd. (TMS) was formed in 1981 to help organizations
make the most out of their IT investments. During the last 24 years, TMS
computer systems have dramatically improved companies’ design,
manufacture, sales, administration, accounting, and information
management processes. TMS is a SolidWorks supplier dedicated to
providing the intensive and ongoing support that is crucial to obtaining
the maximum return for customers’ CAD investments. For more details,
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