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FAQs Thula Moya

Find out about all of our frequently asked questions when it comes to Renewable Energy in South Africa and Thula Moya. 

What does Thula Moya mean?

Thula Moya means “quiet wind” in isiZulu. FAQs Thula Moya.

Where does the Archimedes Windmill (AWM ) come from?

The AWM was originally developed in the Netherlands which has a long-standing reputation for obtaining energy via windmills.

Where is it manufactured?

Currently, the AWM is manufactured in India. However, Thula Moya plans to open a manufacturing plant in South Africa where we will be provide Solar Energy South Africa.

What areas in South Africa are best suited for the AWM?

The coastal areas of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, together with the sun-drenched Northern Cape, are all ideally suited. This is because historical weather data has shown that the potential for wind energy is higher in these areas. While the Northern Cape might not be as windy as the coastal areas, it has enormous potential for solar power which, when paired with the AWM, offers users significant savings on electricity costs as well as a reduced carbon footprint. Although mainly coastal areas are best suited, there are numerous other locations in which the AWM will thrive. Get in touch with us  for a wind energy prediction for your location.

How does the AWM differ from what is already on the market?

The biggest differentiator is the patented spiral shape which resembles a flower. This ensures that it emits very low noise levels (<42 dBA), meaning that it is almost totally silent. Additionally, the shape enables it to find the optimal wind direction and function even in turbulent wind and it is  bird and bat friendly. 

What does Thula Moya look for when conducting site and land suitability assessments?

We look at the suitability of the site for harnessing wind power as well as whether the unit should be on the ground or roof. For those wanting to utilize our hybrid solution, which combines both wind and solar power, we investigate how much ground/coverage is available for the solar PV system. We make sure all the t’s are crossed and i’s are dotted. 

How much electricity will it generate? 

Depending on location, a single AWM will produce 95 kWh on average per month, accounting for roughly 25% of electricity needs for an average household in South Africa. According to predictions, the turbine will produce approximately 1000 kWh per year, with some predictions exceeding 1700 kWh per annum. For a small household, this is enough to account for 80% of their electricity needs. 

To maximize energy production, we recommend that the turbines be linked to solar PV systems. This would help take households off the grid or at least save them 95% of their electricity costs. 

How will it impact my carbon footprint?

South Africa relies mainly on energy production by coal. As Eskom uses a CO2 emission of 1.03kg CO2/kWh, when the turbine produces 1000 Kwh a year, the household will reduce their emission of CO2 by 1030 kg ( over one ton per year!).

How do I order?

To order, email info@thulamoya.com or send us a message via the Contact Us page on our website. FAQs Thula Moya

How do I become a distributor and/or an installer?

Click the option on our website or send us a message via the Contact Us page. 

What is wind energy?

Wind energy (or wind power) refers to the process by which wind turbines convert the movement of wind into electricity. Winds are caused by the uneven heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth’s surface, and rotation of the earth. Humans use this wind flow for many purposes: sailing boats, pumping water, and also generating electricity. Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy of the moving wind into electricity.

What is kilowatt peak (kWp)?

This refers to the output power achieved by a solar module under set standard test conditions. This standardized test for panels across all manufacturers ensures that the values listed are capable of comparison. In South Africa, 1 kWp of solar paneling will generate approximately 1710 kilowatt hours per year.

What is a kilowatt hour (kWh)?

This is a measure of energy and is used to define the amount of energy used over a one-hour period. It is conventionally the unit of power referred to on your electricity bill.

How does using solar help the environment?

Using solar and other forms of renewable energy, including wind energy,  reduces reliance on fossil fuels for energy production. This directly reduces CO2 emissions which contribute to global warming and severe weather conditions that  are severely impacting the planet. The average household can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 20% by installing a solar geyser.

What is a smart inverter?

A smart inverter is a hybrid inverter, meaning that you can run your PV, grid, batteries and generator all from one inverter. You therefore do not need an extra inverter when you want to increase or expand your system.

What is a solar panel battery pack?

A solar panel battery pack is a package that makes up the solar power storage in a solar system. The first items in the pack are the solar panels that help to collect sunlight energy and change it into DC electricity. Secondly, it includes a battery system that enables the storage of the power that the panels and (or wind) produce. And finally, an inverter which converts the direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) that is usable in homes.

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