UK-based Magnomatics has secured more than £300,000 (US$390,000) in grant funding 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 derisk 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 reliable with no meshing gear teeth. Independent analysis has shown that it could be capable of reducing the levelised cost of energy from offshore wind when commercialised.
Magnetic gears are contactless and therefore very efficient over a broad range of speeds. They are compact and also incorporate a torque fuse feature. In the PDD, a magnetic gear is combined with a stator to form a very efficient and torque dense motor or generator that is especially suited to high torque, low-speed applications.
Magnomatics chief executive David Latimer 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.”
Magnomatics was formed in 2006 as a spin-out from the University of Sheffield. The company is commercialising novel products based upon highly efficient proprietary magnetic gear technology.
Sheffield-based Magnomatics earlier participated in the compact high-efficiency generator project, an EU DemoWind-funded collaborative programme aimed at driving down costs and increasing generator efficiency in large offshore wind turbines.
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