"It works rather like a sideways waterwheel," said Theo Bird, director of Aerogenerator, which has been developing a small, first-stage prototype at Blyth since 2006.
We are pleased to report that the region's rich engineering heritage is very much alive and well in the renewables sector and this funding will help us to continue the development of Aerogenerator here in the North East.
"The funding available through Three Pillars is there to take ideas like this through the development stages to achieve commercial success." NaREC finance director Richard Marr said: "Aerogenerator is an exciting and innovative project making a departure from standard wind energy technology to create new solutions for the offshore, onshore and built environments.
The Guardian reports each 10MW Aerogenerator X turbine has the potential to generate enough electricity to provide 5,000-10,000 homes - the energy equivalent to 2 million barrels of oil over their 25-year lifetime.
Wind Power s Aerogenerator project was originally developed in 2005.
Theo Bird, from The Aerogenerator
Project, said: "We are honoured to win a Shell Springboard award as the competition was excellent.
Because the aerogenerators are always out of sync, their output is a headache for the supply industry.
Additionally, aerogenerators cannot supply a constant base load, an essential for modern living.
The only sensible use of these aerogenerators, while they exist, is to dissociate water, as is done in the Faroe and Shetland Islands, the released hydrogen powering their vehicles and heating their houses, and, unlike electricity, hydrogen can be stored and transported to where it is needed.