General Frequently Asked Questions
What is SMART and where was it developed?
SMART is a small Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT). It has been designed entirely in India, completely in-house at Vaata.
Harvesting wind energy is a non-polluting way to generate electricity. Additionoally it is unlimited and free.
Why vertical axis?
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine are simple, compact and easy to maintain. Additionally it accepts wind from any direction at a lower wind speed.
What is the current scenario of wind energy in India?
Wind Energy in India has grown tremendously over the last two decades. As a result of this boom, the wind potential in most major wind sites has been tapped and a point of saturation has been reached. Presently setting up a wind farm to harvest energy from wind requires huge capital investment and involves a rat race for wind rich land. This has led to a situation where only large players operate and benefit from technological advancements in this sector.
What is Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT)?
Vertical Axis Wind Turbines are wind turbines that rotate about a vertical axis. Generally, we are used to seeing horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs) which have been the norm of wind-energy for decades now. But slowly, Vertical Axis turbines are capturing the imagination of many innovators in the field.
What are the advantages (VAWT)?
VAWTs have been proven to generate more power per unit land area than HAWTs; this is because micrositing of VAWTs can be done in a way such that there is a better use of the wind rich land. Also, smaller VAWTs, like SMART are easy to transport and maintain and demand fairly inexpensive capital costs.
- Simpler design
- Low maintenance
- Easy installation
- Lesser capital costs.
What is special about SMART ?
• SMART taps all the advantages of VAWTs.
• Performs in higher wind speeds and cuts in at low wind speed.
• Modular design for ease of transport.
• Technology innovation scalable for offshore wind.
How is SMART technologically advanced?
- Innovations in Rotor, Drive, Motor and Control Systems design.
- Includes first of its kind Aerodynamic VAWT Braking Mechanism.
- Innovative erection mechanism for crane-free installation, thus minimizing the access requirement to erection site of the turbine.
If I place the order today, how long will it take for me to start producing power?
22 days. It takes 21 days for the concrete foundation to be laid, and for the concrete to set in (curing), and a few hours for us to erect the turbine onto the foundation and assemble it.
Once the foundation is laid, how long does the actual erection and assembly of the wind turbine take?
It takes 4 hours for the a turbine to be completely assembled and erected.