Bladeless wind turbine set for market

By Tim Aldred

22 May 2023

Nicolas Orrelana and Yaseen Noorani of O-Innovations

A new bladeless wind turbine designed to generate energy in urban environments is now ready for market following support from Lancashire County Council.

O-Innovations was started by Nicolas Orellana whose concept for a wind turbine designed to harness the erratic nature of wind in urban areas and airports won the James Dyson Award in 2018, a competition designed to give inventors and problem solvers a platform to launch their innovations.

Following the award win, Nicolas joined forces with Yaseen Noorani who helped to develop the technology as well as with Dominic Chippendale, who joined the company in 2019 to help commercialise and eventually distribute the product.

The company, based in Lancaster, has close links with Lancaster University which put Dominic and Nicolas in touch with the county council's Access to Finance service.

The support from the Access to Finance Lancashire team helped the company gain angel investment from a small group of investors, as well as an Innovate UK grant, which had a combined total value of £160,000.

The company has used this money to develop its concept into a fully operational product, O-Wind, which it is now preparing to launch to the market.

Dominic Chippendale, director, O-Innovations said: "When you are first starting a business, you do not have a strong network of contacts and Access to Finance was also able to provide that, linking us to potential sources of funding and support.”

Access to Finance Lancashire, funded via the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund and by Lancashire County Council, offers expert financial support at no cost to eligible businesses. It gives Lancashire companies access to a team of finance and funding specialists to help them find and secure investment.

The funds which Access to Finance Lancashire helped O-Innovations to gain were used to acquire intellectual property rights in key international markets, allowing the company to further invest in research and development.

Now, with the product fully developed, O-Innovations is about to launch a crowdfund, the final stage in the company’s pre-revenue phase, allowing it to take the product to market.

“We’re now at our final stage of releasing O-Wind to the market,” Dominic added. 

“We want to launch a crowdfund, giving people who have been involved in the development process of the product up to this stage the opportunity to become shareholders. We have interest from a large network of enquirers and we aim to go live by the summer.

“If people want to hear more about the upcoming crowdfund you can get in touch via our website or contact me directly.” 

O-Wind will be released in the UK initially, but the company plans to release internationally in the future using partners.

Dominic said: “Our technology can also really benefit foreign markets. We want to see our product in the hands of organisations which have the ability to take O-Wind global. We believe the best way to do that is through distribution partnerships.”

Mark Gibbons, senior Access to Finance specialist, said: “O-Wind is a truly innovative product with the potential to revolutionise the capabilities of wind energy. We’re proud to have supported O-Innovations and looking forward to seeing this product on the market."

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