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How can GEVI turbines reduce energy costs and increase the share of clean energy?
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vol. 7

26 January 2023


By Edoardo Simonelli, Eleonora Cacchio


The adaptability of the GEVI turbine enables its efficient installation at numerous sites, within a variety of industry fields, allowing to reduce energy costs and increase the share of clean energy. 

GEVI turbines can be a fundamental resource to provide power to many industrial and remote sites where a stable power source is necessary and grid electricity is not always available.  For example, Off-grid sites that they’re not physically connected to the power grid or any other type of utility, so they must use only energy that comes from their own sources. 

Such off-grid and semi-off-grid sites would benefit from a source of clean electricity capable of cutting down the electricity transport cost or eliminating the complexity of expanding the grid. That losses are not negligible in fact they are estimated to be about 20% of the production in India as well as most African countries, more than 50% in Haiti and Libya, and more than 15% on average in South America. Nevertheless, even in the most advanced transmission infrastructures such as in the United States or China, the average transport loss accounts for about 6 % of the total produced electricity.

When integrated with storage systems, GEVI turbines can provide an efficient and reliable solution to provide power to: 

  • Telecommunication towers and sensor stations installed in areas where the power grid is not always present. Those areas may be characterized by extreme weather conditions and deteriorated power lines or by high power transmission losses related to the long distance covered by power lines.  
  • Eco-sustainable greenhouses, factories, and buildings, including those that are part of a renewable energy community.  These so-called prosumers, produce electricity from renewable sources for shared self-consumption through the smart grid that connects them with the aim of lowering energy costs, promoting clean energy consumption and social cohesion. 

The nautical industry is another highly polluting sector whose environmental impact can be sharply reduced by exploiting wind power. In 2020, ship transport was the source of about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but these percentages are set to increase significantly as international ship traffic grows. Moreover, numerous studies on emissions from port activities reveal that ships at berth and during maneuvers are extremely polluting and they are responsible for 80% of total port emissions. 

GEVI’s turbines can effectively power ship subsystems during navigation and when they are docked in port (Cold Ironing), saving tons of dangerous emissions. Moreover, the structure of the GEVI turbine can be adapted to a wide variety of ships, up to the largest merchant ships or cruise ships, taking advantage of the strong marine wind intensity.  

Even today, the installation of renewable energy systems in the nautical environment represents a difficult challenge to tackle. These systems have never been implemented before in a real-world application, but they could greatly help decarbonizing this hard-to-brake-down sector.

GEVI team intends to approach this challenge rapidly to take a first step towards its offshore project.