One forecast for small scale wind generators (sometimes called microgeneration) has them providing 30 to 40% of all the UK’s electricity needs by 2050. The British Wind Energy Association hints that with price trends for crude oil continuing up, the cost of small scale wind could be competitive with fossil fuels by as early as 2010.
Although the UK has excellent wind resources, where the turbine is located is still crucial to the output expected from it. Ideally, a wind turbine would have no obstructions between it and the prevailing wind direction.
In an urban or built-up environment, some wind turbulence is inevitable unless the turbine is sited well above any surrounding buildings. Most of the time, turbulence from surrounding buildings will affect a wind turbine to some extent. This is the primary reason for opting for a vertical-axis wind turbine, because the design doesn’t require wind from a consistent direction to produce power. A horizontal axis wind turbine, on the other hand, has to physically rotate into the wind every time the direction changes.
U.K.-based quietrevolution says its 5-kW helical design ensures good performance even in turbulent winds. It is also responsible for almost eliminating noise and vibration. At five meters high and three meters diameter, it is compact and easy to integrate. And with just one moving part, maintenance can be limited to an annual inspection. The table includes a few specs:
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