Small Wind Turbine Generates Electricity at Low Wind Speeds
By June 11th, 2009Thursday, June 11, 2009 0:17 on
The company WindTronics based in Muskegon, Mich., has developed a new mini wind turbine that is specifically sized for individual urban homes, being able to operate at speeds as low as 2 miles an hour.
This mini wind turbine will be sold for $4,500 as the Honeywell Wind Turbine and distributed through Ace Hardware stores in the U.S. starting in October. WindTronics developed the turbine and licensed the technology to buildings systems giant Honeywell. It can generate 2,000KWh of electricity in a year at decent wind speeds which is between 15 and 20 percent of the annual electricity consumption for the average U.S. home.
The turbine is rated at 2 kilowatts, but WindTronics executives say that most turbines’ rated capacities–the amount of power they can produce at a given moment–are misleading. “We say if a turbine only works between 8 and 25 miles per hour, you have a very limited range of operation,” said Brian Levine, the vice president of business development at WindTronics, a division of EarthTronics. “Our device is rated to address a wider range at the low and high end.”
The 95-pound turbine, which is 6 feet in diameter, can be mounted on rooftops, attached to chimneys, or put on a pole. The company hopes to sell the turbines through Ace Hardware stores or through contractors who are needed for the installation to businesses or homeowners.
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