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Wind Energy Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of London

Published on October 30th, 2010 | by Tina Casey

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New Micro-Wind Turbine Company Makes Owning Wind Power a Breeze

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October 30th, 2010 by
 
Totempower Energy Systems markets new micro-wind turbines with City University of LondonA new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. The company is developing new micro-wind turbines that are designed for close quarters and non-disruptive installation, but the real key to getting more micro-wind turbines into consumers’ hands is the company’s “ease of ownership” plan which provides a soup-to-nuts service including site selection and connecting the turbine to the home electrical system.

Taking the Work out of Wind Power

Totempower’s approach is similar to that of CleanTechnica’s former host, One Block Off the Grid (1bog.org), which arranges group discounts for solar energy installations, performed by pre-vetted solar companies. It relieves homeowners a considerable amount of time that would otherwise be spent in educating oneself about wind power, figuring out if one’s property includes an appropriate location (which includes any local regulations or permitting processes), shopping for a suitable system, and finding a  reputable company to install it. Totempower’s system is designed for easy no-excavation installation, and easy maintenance.

Totempower’s New Micro-Wind Turbine

The new wind turbine was developed under a partnership with the City University London, based on a patented, low cost technology developed by the University called the Passive Air-jet Vortex Generator. The high-efficiency aerodynamics enable the turbine to operate at lower speeds, which presumably would help mute the any noise. More to the point, Totempower’s goal is to make wind turbine ownership as simple as owning any other standard home energy device such as a furnace or hot water heater. Testing at the University is under way and the company hopes to secure financing to bring two models into production by 2012 – a smaller model for individual homes and a larger one for commercial facilities or community power generation.

Image: Kites in the wind by ronnie44052 on flickr.com.

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Tina Casey specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. Views expressed are her own. Follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey and Google+.



  • Alwaysfmn

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  • Roger Lauricella

    Tina: How can you legitimately say, “A new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. has come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners” when this company has not even gotten into production and will not be so until 2012. If you could report that they had actually installed x number of units on homes and businesses at a cost of y and then document said installations your statement might be true. It seems you are hoping more than anything. There are a large number of groups saying they have the next best thing to sliced bread in the small unit wind industry but very few play out through to installation on a large scale economical viable basis. Dreams and hopes are good but actual delivery and proven scale cinches the deal as a proof of concept. You would be more accurate to say, “A new clean tech company called Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. claims to have come up with an easy way to put wind power within the grasp of everyday homeowners. They hope to prove their concept and bring their product to market by Mid 2012 if financing comes through.” Then the rest of your reporting would play out correctly.

    • Tina Casey

      Roger: Thank you for your comment. My post clearly states that the product is currently in development, but there is no such thing as too much clarity and I appreciate your editing suggestion.

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