Renewable energy solution combines wind and solar for medium- to high-rise buildings

PowerNEST Wind Solar IBIS Power
IBIS Power says that PowerNEST generates 6-10x more energy compared to solar only. Images © IBIS Power

PowerNEST is a groundbreaking rooftop renewable energy system designed to power medium- to high-rise buildings with its innovative combination of wind and solar technology. This eye-catching solution not only helps buildings meet new environmental regulations such as Local Law 97 and the European Commission’s “Fit for 55” emissions standards but also provides on-site energy independence for buildings five stories or higher.

An award-winning energy solution

Beyond its striking design, PowerNEST generates six times more energy than traditional solar panels alone. By harnessing the Venturi effect, it increases wind flow by 40-60%, producing power even in slight breezes. Its bi-facial solar panels generate energy both above and below, while the wind cools them down, increasing efficiency. This smart combination of wind and solar energy allows PowerNEST to capture more energy in various weather conditions, making it a top choice for on-site renewable energy systems.

Meeting global sustainability goals

Following the Paris Agreement, countries worldwide have enacted environmental policies to transition to renewable energy and meet global sustainability goals. PowerNEST enables buildings around the world to comply with new local emissions standards, promoting a greener future.

PowerNEST’s energy generation

PowerNEST Turbine IBIS Power
Ibis Power’s rooftop system combines solar with wind turbines designed for medium-sized structures and high-rise buildings.

PowerNEST’s unique design captures 6-10 times more electricity than rooftop solar panels alone. Its perimeter fins and vertical wind turbine optimize wind energy, while bi-facial solar panels maximize sunlight capture. The entire system can be adapted to optimize energy capture based on local weather conditions, providing enough electricity to power a 15-story residential building.

Several factors influence PowerNEST’s energy output, such as available roof space, roof height, building orientation, geographic location, and surrounding obstacles.

PowerNEST Eden District Rotterdam Installation
PowerNEST modules being lifted onto the roof of the Eden District building in Rotterdam.

A unique renewable energy system

PowerNEST is the only rooftop renewable energy system that combines the benefits of wind turbines, solar panels, architectural design, and building energy management in one solution.

Wind turbine features:

  • Guided wind flow increases output 4x
  • Aerodynamic design captures facade upflow
  • Venturi Effect accelerates wind speed by 140-160%
  • Generates power in winds from 2-15 m/s
  • Survives winds up to 60 m/s
  • Noise level complies with all building codes
  • No annoying acoustics or vibrations

Solar panel features:

  • Layout optimized for maximum energy capture
  • Wind-induced cooling increases efficiency by 10-25%
  • Bi-facial solar panel arrangement suitable for buildings 5+ stories high
  • High-quality, cutting-edge hardware
PowerNEST Bifacial Solar Panels
Solar panels are arranged bi-facially to generate energy above and below while being cooled by the air.

Architectural features:

  • Customizable color and appearance
  • Extends roof and building lifespan
  • Built to last 20-50 years
  • Compliant with EU and international building codes
  • Helps qualify for LEED or BREEAM certification
  • Modular 7.2m x 7.2m (23′ x 23′) units tailored to available roof space
  • Bird and bat friendly without attracting nests
  • Visible statement on the power of renewables

Building energy management features:

  • Year-round renewable energy production
  • On-site energy, like having a rooftop power plant
  • Reduces electricity bills, with a payback period of 5-10 years
  • Independence from gas and fossil fuels
  • Replaces backup diesel generators
  • Provides energy at peak times, reducing net-metering dependency
  • Lowers battery capacity required for energy storage
  • Smart Grid applicable, with a plug-and-play management system ready to interface with your building
PowerNEST at Katwijk
IBIS Power says that PowerNEST is running and produces sustainable energy in Katwijk for Rijksreal estate company.

PowerNEST for various building types

PowerNEST is suitable for any residential, commercial, or public building with a flat roof standing five or more stories tall. A minimum space of 50m2 (550 sq.ft.) is required for one unit, but dedicating more roof space to a PowerNEST system results in greater energy output. PowerNEST is an ideal solution for urban and landlocked buildings, as well as coastal or island areas where buildings are below five floors.

Notable PowerNEST installations

Haasje Over, Eindhoven (2022): PowerNEST was installed on the 70-meter high roof of Haasje Over at Strijp-S in Eindhoven. This installation includes four wind turbine modules and 296 solar panels, generating an estimated 140 MWh per year. Bi-facial panels were used for the first time, increasing solar output by 20-30%.

PowerNEST Haasjeover Netherlands
In July 2022, PowerNEST was installed on the 70-meter high roof of Haasje Over at Strijp-S in Eindhoven.

Eden District, Rotterdam: Another successful PowerNEST installation took place at the Eden District in Rotterdam, showcasing the innovative technology’s ability to seamlessly integrate with various building types and heights.


PowerNEST, developed by IBIS Power, is a game-changing renewable energy solution for urban high-rise buildings. By combining solar and wind energy harvesting into a single, efficient, and visually appealing system, PowerNEST offers a sustainable and cost-effective way to meet global sustainability goals. Its unique features, adaptability, and energy output make it a top choice for architects, builders, and property owners looking to invest in renewable energy for their buildings. PowerNEST stands as a testament to the potential of harnessing the power of nature for a cleaner, greener future.

Source: IBIS Power