“As a global leader in biomass to energy solutions, we were keen to reduce our carbon footprint and cost of electricity with green energy generated on site.
The XANT turbine is an asset to our HQ without impacting on the local area.
The XANT guyed tower turbine was installed in only 4 days, without requirement for major tools.
The quietness of the XANT turbine impressed us positively.
Finally, we look forward to continue working with XANT for our other settlements.”
“For Pilot Point on off grid village in Alaska, we as the system integrator will integrate mid-size wind with a diverse range of energy storage to go DIESEL OFF till 70% of the time. As mid-size wind turbine provider, we have chosen XANT because of remoteness of the site.
The containerized transport, crane less erection, the easiness of integration in the bigger project and the Extended Temperature Range (- 40°C) make the wind turbine particularly suitable for harsh remote places. Today other villages with similar conditions are being approached with the diesel off solution.”
“As a global, leading player in dredging, environmental and marine engineering with a continuous quest for doing business in the most sustainable way, we have chosen to install a XANT wind turbine in our corporate colors at our HQ. The turbine is powering directly our charging points for electrical vehicles Because of the vicinity of natural habits, an avifauna monitoring program has been set up. The availability of 98% the XANT wind turbine reaches is just the cherry on the cake for us. We look forward to continue working with XANT for future projects our group has in mind.”
We were nervous about entering the medium wind sector owing to tough operating climate here in the North of Scotland combined with our remoteness for back up if problems were to occur.
We have found XANT to be a good business partner. The XANTPORTAL is excellent providing remote communication all day every day which should prolong the life span of the components and allow timely servicing, all handled professionally by the XANT team.
Another short-term issue we have is the area grid capacity being unable to allow more than 50kw export, which the XANT has fulfilled seamlessly.
We look forward to many more years of serviceable life from this unit and are currently looking for ways to integrate the power generated into more dynamic ways into our business model lowering our carbon footprint and increasing our efficiency in tandem.
We were one of the very first customers for the Xant turbine, which made it a particularly difficult decision to take, given that our location was remote and the wind conditions extreme.
So reliability and durability were going to be key, as well as plenty of support from the OEM, but after much deliberation, we selected the Xant 100.
We then faced many more challenges than expected during the installation phase, but the team at Xant dealt them all with great determination and professionalism. Since commissioning the turbine we have been pleased with the consistency and the level of output delivered, as well as with the unwavering support we have had from the team at Xant.
How play is plug? Wind turbines are not plug and play: they interface with the local electrical grid; their foundations interact with the subsoil and obviously are exposed to local ambient conditions. These interfaces can be straightforward (stable voltage conditions because interconnected to a large central grid, soil with plenty of load-bearing capacity) or cumbersome (weak grids fed by older diesel genset, swampy soils...). Engineers love to design the right solution for every challenge, but this takes time and money. Together with its partners XANT has developed solutions that enable deployment of XANT turbines with no need for site-specific engineering nor customization (except for your logo on the nacelle and the blades in your favorite color!) This keeps the cost of your project down: you are not only saving engineering hours but thanks to economies of scale, XANT can offer these solutions at a lower cost. Concrete-less foundations Concrete-less foundations...
XANT introduces a revolutionary wind+storage solution. All XANT wind turbines are now available with an integrated battery system. Batteries will be of the Li-Ion technology type ensuring the maximum energy density at the lowest footprint. The XANT Energy Storage Unit (ESU) will be seamlessly integrated into the XANT AC-DC-AC power-electronic converter without any additional complexity or the need for extra conversion stages. The ESU will come with its integrated Battery Management System (BMS) ensuring safe operation of the battery pack at all times. Storage with the S of Smart (and Smoothening, Shaving, Stand-alone, Spinning and Shifting!) A XANT wind turbine with integrated storage enables a whole myriad of functions that turn your asset into a smart device that continuously and autonomously can optimize your revenue stream. Some examples of how a XANT ESU can outsmart your utility bill: By time-shifting the delivery of electricity produced by the turbine,...
Wind turbine technology benefits from economies of scale. Large wind turbines have a specific (per kW) cost that is lower than mid-size turbines, they are put on taller towers, so their rotors are exposed to higher wind speeds and less turbulence. There is a reason why utility-grade turbines (and especially off-shore turbines) keep increasing in size. But size does matter, and size needs to fit the needs. XANT builds mid-size turbines for applications where restrictions to the size of the turbine apply. Mostly these stem from logistic constraints: the roads or port infrastructure often are simply not suitable for transporting larger machines. Also, micro-grids or island systems might only have a need for a limited amount of wind on the system and prefer to install several smaller units instead of one larger one for resiliency. In a behind-the-meter- application, where the revenue model is based on maximizing on-site...
Companies can keep on blabbering on how great their products are. At XANT we are not any different. But not this month! XANT M at Ackron Farm, Melvich (Scotland) Heather Stuart. Ackron Farm Partner: “We were nervous about entering the medium wind sector owing to tough operating climate here in the North of Scotland combined with our remoteness for back up if problems were to occur. We have found XANT to be a good business partner. The XANTPORTAL is excellent providing remote communication all day every day which should prolong the life span of the components and allow timely servicing, all handled professionally by the XANT team. Another short-term issue we have is the area grid capacity being unable to allow more than 50kW export, which the XANT has fulfilled seamlessly. We were concerned with brake wear and the possibility of shorter component life but owing to its...
Coming soon to a XANT partner near you: all the necessary details about our technology in your local language and in your time zone! After building up a first series of reference projects from Vanuatu to Alaska, it is now time to bring XANT closer to its potential customers. Not mere resellers Wind turbines are inevitably rooted locally, and they won’t go anywhere for the next 20 years. But before that, the on-site wind regime, regional regulatory framework for permitting and grid connection, and any government incentive (whether it is a tax reduction, grant money or a feed-in tariff) all come into play to build a successful project. XANT partners turn opportunities into profitable installations by applying their knowledge on all these aspects. Once the project is started they remain your local point of contact to address any concern you might have with the installation. During installation and...
The LARGE-size of the XANT M, the XANT L (what’s in a name), is gradually taking shape. One of the key performance indicators: the amount of electricity produced at a certain wind speed has been pinned down. Benchmarking shows the Annual Energy Yield of the XANT L-33 (IEC class IA) to be on par with a much more complex and expensive design and to beat the other competing products. The class IIIA version of the XANT L will add another 15-20% to the AEY at lower-windspeed sites. Three times the size, same unique features True to our DNA and the JEEP design principle, the XANT will also consist of Just Enough Essential Parts: a direct-drive generator, stall-controlled and down-wind rotor for maximum simplicity. The unique swept-back planform will marry looks with performance also for the XANT M’s big brother. Environmental impact is of importance in community-wind projects and...
In the craze of shipping deadlines, purchase orders and factory-acceptance tests, we sometimes overlook what the purpose is of what we do at XANT. In the case of off-grid village power installations, it’s not until we arrive on-site that we meet face with the end-user. In Pilot Point, AK the XANT team got a particularly warm welcome. Remoteness instilling respect and solidarity Pilot Point is a fishing village on the Ugashik Bay in south-west Alaska. Population stands at about 60 people, mostly native fishermen making a living with salmon fishing. These people work in the harshest environments: high winds, seasonal darkness, very cold water and icing are part of their daily routine during the short but intense fishing season. XANT teamed up with Intelligent Energy Services and the local crew to get the turbines up and running in what was a finger-numbing but heart-warming experience. The remoteness of...
How the JEEP approach led to breaking the rules XANT set out in the mid-size wind industry to do things differently. We believe the challenges of putting up turbines in remote locations and keeping them spinning are very different from building wind power plants. We set out to fight the misconception that wind power is too complicated to be deployed and operated on hard-to-reach places or in isolated singular installations. Our Just-Enough-Essential-Parts (JEEP) design philosophy triggered us to think out of the mould. Eliminating the main culprit of down-time Our starting point back in 2009 was a study on reliability of wind turbines in which most of the leading manufacturers contributed with observed failure rates of components and subsystems over a large sample of turbines. The main culprits for down-time were the gearbox, the converter, the yaw system and the pitch system. The latter being the failure-champion, the...
XANT is very proud to announce we will deliver the XANT M wind turbine for the mini-grids of 4 fishermen villages on the Mauritanian cost north of the capital Nouakchott. The project objective is to optimize the existing mini-grids in Mauritania by increasing the share of renewable energy and developing appropriate business models to ensure sustainability of the systems. The project is aligned with the Mauritanian government’s effort to promote energy access and clean energies and with the country’s poverty reduction strategy. The abundant wind resources on the Mauritanian coast defined the choice for a large wind component in the power mix: a total of 11 XANT M turbines will be installed spread out over 4 villages. Combined with energy storage and diesel back-up they will provide 24/7 reliable power and minimize fuel consumption. ...
XANT has delivered wind turbines for all kind of mini-grids across the globe: from a wind-diesel system in a fishermen village in Alaska, to a large multi-MW system in the Pacific to an experimental system on a demonstrator. If systems are being configured without considering wind power, this might lead to non-optimized systems and thus higher-than-necessary electricity costs. Often mini-grids nowadays are still combined with a “dispatchable” power generation technology, however, with the sharp decline in storage technologies the path is paved for 100%-renewable systems. What would such a system look like? To simplify things let’s only consider the two renewable-energy sources that are available on every location on this earth: solar and wind power. Resource maps guide the way The Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank has done a great job in mapping the global wind and solar resource data and making them...
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