SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Biome Renewables is responsible for implementing and distributing since the product is still a prototype. Networking partner is CanadaCleantech. They help in scaling-up technology and providing exposure.
Additive manufacturing was used to manufacture the parts from glass fiber composite material. Inspired by the kingfisher and the maple seed, the manufacturer applied fluid dynamic principles and a re-thinking of Betz’ Law to engineer the PowerCone. The product is at the prototype stage.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The first prototype was installed in summer of 2019 in Canada by the manufacturer and Carlsun.
Distributions to Date Status
The prototype will be installed at Capstone’s Skyway8 wind farm northeast of Toronto, in partnership with Carlsun.
Description of system
It is a retrofit for wind turbine.
Start up windspeed (m/s)
Power output, min (W at m/s)
Power output, max (W at m/s)
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Description of control system
The following are design specifications the designers expected to achieve with the PowerCone:
- The impact of the PowerCone® when wind speeds are between 5-6 m/s could increase a turbine’s output by as much as 50%,
- Expected to reduce GHG emissions by 197.8 tons of CO2 (tCO2) per turbine. The net reduction would be 1000 tCO2 (5 turbines over a full year).
- Has a 53% peak aerodynamic efficiency
- 13% increase in annual energy production
- Reduced loads
- Generating less noise
Questions, enquiry are addressed by completing the enquiry form available at the product website. A technical brochure is available for download on Biome Renewables website.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
It's designed to be an enhancement device that can be fitted to 98% of installed wind turbine worldwide.
Vetted Performance Status
External organizations (Queens University Belfast and Cuan Marine Services) did the testing. 51% Peak aerodynamic efficiency with More than 6% increase to annual energy production and peak loads reduction by up to 10% were reported.
Avoid maintenance or repairing actions when the turbine is rotating. To prevent injury caused by electric shock, users are advised to handle the system with caution. Only trained personnel are permitted to maintain and operate it. Safety of handling and other safety associated with wind turbine installation and maintenance.
Complementary Technical Systems
Available by completing the form on the product website.
Academic Research and References
Church, R.A., 2022. Thresholds of nature: How understanding one of nature’s penultimate laws led to the PowerCone, a biomimetic energy source. In Biomimicry for Aerospace (pp. 237-258). Elsevier.
De Cicco, D. and Skripsky, S., 2019. Biome Tidal Turbine Study.pages 48
Prasad, A., 2021. Investigation of Bio-Inspired Pin Geometries for Enhanced Heat Transfer Applications. PhD dissertation submitted to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Compliance with regulations
IEC 61400-1 standard specifications and is manufactured to ISO 9001:2015 standards to be OEM agnostic.
The manufacturer commissioned Glas Ocean Engineering, Alison Mark Consulting, Researchers from Dalhousie University and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), to analyze the PowerCone as a tidal current turbine and investigated new materials for use in tidal turbines.
The retrofit is adaptable to tidal turbines