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Vortex bladeless wind energy project

News International-French

13 Apr 2016

Altair supports a novel crowd-founded R&D company with contribution of HyperWorks software and engineering expertise



Altair is supporting the Vortex Bladeless, a Wind Energy Spanish Crowd Funding Project by providing free software licenses, training, and engineering services. Vortex Bladeless was founded in 2013 as an R&D company, exclusively dedicated to the development and marketing of Vortex, a multi-patented bladeless electric wind generator. The project focuses on the development of generators able to capture the kinetic wind energy by 'vortex shedding' and transform it into electricity. This new technology seeks to overcome issues related to traditional wind turbines such as maintenance, amortization, noise, environmental impact, logistics, and visual aspects. Currently, the company’s focus is on the development of small wind products, with mass power generation devices planned for the future.

The Vortex engineers have started to implement Altair's finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) solutions for two-way Fluid Structure Interaction (2W-FSI) simulations in their development process, and have already benefited from Altair's expertise via training and support sessions. In particular, the use of AcuSolve, HyperWorks Virtual Wind Tunnel, and OptiStruct has helped engineers to move towards a simulation driven design approach, leading to reduced development time and cost.