Alternative Energy

Magnomatics secures offshore wind funding

2nd November 2020
Alex Lynn

Magnomatics has announced that it has secured over £300,000 in grant funding for offshore wind as part of a £5m UK government grant to develop and supply innovative power electronics, machines and drives. The funding will be used for the Winder project, which will de-risk technology required for the manufacture of large generators for offshore wind to the UK. 

Magnomatics Pseudo Direct Drive (PDD) combines a magnetic gear with a permanent magnet generator. The PDD is very efficient and extremely reliable with no meshing gear teeth. Independent analysis has shown this to provide lower cost of energy.

With recent government announcements showing investment support plans to make the UK a world leader in offshore wind, it further emphasises Magnomatics’ leadership in the field, as the company continues to develop and provide magnetic gear technology to the wind sector across the world.

Proving this technology provides a credible route to UK construction of direct drive generators for offshore wind leading to annual sales of £1.2bn and dramatically increasing the proportion of UK content in offshore wind farms. The technology can also apply to rail, marine propulsion and industrial drives, improving efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.

Magnomatics is no stranger to supporting the renewables sector having already designed and manufactured magnetic gear technology for many applications.

The global drive towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions, together with spiralling fuel costs, has seen the adoption, and need, for efficient and cost effective green technology, which is why Magnomatics invests heavily in its own technology and collaborations to support a sustainable future in renewables.

David Latimer, CEO of Magnomatics, said: “We are excited to have received this funding and to embark on the project, which aligns perfectly with our experience in the Offshore Wind Sector. Our technology is becoming increasingly recognised across the world, not only for offshore wind but for a multitude of applications including marine propulsion, automotive and wider industrial.”

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