Singaporean creates turbine system with a difference

Andrew Vaz, who designed the Guide Vane Augmented Vertical Axis Wind Turbine that uses huge sails as vertical wings, instead of metal blades.
Andrew Vaz, who designed the Guide Vane Augmented Vertical Axis Wind Turbine that uses huge sails as vertical wings, instead of metal blades.PHOTO: ANDREW VAZ

System does away with huge vertical fans and makes methanol production cheaper

When naysayers advised against reinventing the wheel, they forgot to send Mr Andrew Vaz the notice.

The Singaporean has taken the design of the electricity-generating turbine system and turned it on its head, literally. Instead of resembling huge vertical fans, Mr Vaz's design looks like a rotor lying flat on the ground.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'S'porean creates turbine system with a difference'. Print Edition | Subscribe