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Is this portable wind turbine the key ingredient to the Nigerian dream? | My Metro

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Is this portable wind turbine the key ingredient to the Nigerian dream?

It goes without saying that there isn’t one Nigerian who doesn’t dream of the day 23 hours of reliable, affordable, “full current” becomes a reality. Well, here is an alluring prototype (a bit dated, I’d admit) from the people at Pope Design of a portable, mobile wind turbine. I can’t begin to list the potential of this product if it was to ever remain a possibility in Nigeria.

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I trawled for figures on power production, but none have been provided at this stage. I’ll take an optimistic, laymans guesstimate, and say that the power produced by this would be in the MegaWatt (MW) range, judging by the size of the blades, compared to the size of the blades from a similar plant installed in Wales. Apparently, the carrier (the driven part) is battery powered, using energy stored from the wind turbines and a backup diesel tank. I guess this is only sensible, as the whole device would be rendered a big, useless space-consumer without wind to drive the turbines.

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One good thing is also that the whole system can be set up by one person. The wind-tower is hydraulics-driven, and thus the mechanized system does all the heavy lifting.

There are a range of applications where this is suitable (i.e renting out to oil drilling wells, construction companies etc) but without going that far, this would be great for home estates, as a permanent fixture. From a 1MW turbine, this instantly translates to constant power, 24 hours a day. So in real life numbers, that translates to 24 hours constant power for 225 – 300 homes annually. (See how this is worked out). Obviously, this would require some assessment, as the tower height, when fully erected stands at about 30 metres. Thus, an estate in Lagos surrounded by high-rise buildings is unlikely to be an ideal location for maximum returns.

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Another great feature of this would be the rental capabilities. From a business standpoint, if it is financially feasible for homeowners to rent this on a yearly/quarterly basis, rather than shelling out money for the full installation of wind turbines, I’m sure this would be a preferred option. For example, an organisation/body charging N50,000 rent a year to 200 homes would be smiling to the bank. N50,000 a year for constant electricity on the side of the homes is far more “stomachable” than the N500,000 minimum cost for a wind turbine. (Cost obtained from YouGen.co.uk)

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Images from Pope Design.

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