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It's a Wind-Solar power station, It's a Car Port , It's Giraffe

The Giraffe 2.0 wind-solar power station is ready to charge anything from your e-vehicle to your home with wind and solar energy. It is comprised of a wooden structure supporting 24 solar modules as well as a wind turbine mounted at a 12 metre height. The design of the solution was released in 2014 at the largest design exhibition in Asia - Business of Design Week in Hong Kong. 

The Giraffe 2.0 wind-solar power station is suitable for a variety of applications. It can charge a summer cottage, a house, provide hot water, light, power electronic equipment - either connected to the grid or in remote locations, e.g., replacing diesel generator (with a suitable battery backup). In urban environment Giraffe 2.0 can function as a charging spot for electric vehicles, as a bus station (self-contained or utility-connected) or as an educational renewable energy installation.

Performance

The Giraffe 2.0 wind-solar power station is able to produce 10 000 - 20 000 kWh per year (depending on the wind speed and isolation level) providing power 24 hours a day, all year round. Special positioning of PV panels allows for stable energy production and gives solar energy during at least four additional hours compared to a classic PV mounting.

Technical specifications

Parking space

Two cars/EVs

Annual production*

13 850 kWh

EV mileage per year

45 000 km x 2 cars

Footprint

24.6 m²

Structure dimensions (W x L x H)

4.1 m x 6.0 m x 11.9 m

Energy density

560 kWh/m2

* - at an average wind speed of 6 m/s

The Advantages of Hybrid Wind and Solar Installations

Wind and solar energy are highly complementary: wind energy is generated mostly during nights and cooler months of the year, whereas solar energy is only generated during daytime, especially in summer months. There are more factors than simple availability of solar isolation that contribute to this complementary: the air has higher density during winter months and at night, increasing the amount of wind energy generated. Plus, based on climate studies, stable strong winds that make wind energy generation possible, are prevalent during nights and cold months of the year.


In this way, energy produced by a hybrid wind-solar power station has much more even flow compared to pure wind or pure solar installations, thus solving the inevitable sinusoidal curve problem that is regarded as the drawback of renewable energy. Such complementary is the main principle utilized in a hybrid construction like the Giraffe 2.0

The Design also won some Awards

Award by the Wind Energy Association of Sweden in July 2016

The Giraffe 2.0 has obtained an International Consumer Label based on the Certification by SP Technical Institute of Sweden

European Commission has awarded the "Seal of Excellence" to the Giraffe 2.0 as an EV charger project

Product of the Show Award at the Energy Show 2016 in Ireland

Grant by the Energy Agency of Sweden for the development of the Giraffe 2.0

 

 

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