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Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines: The Future of Micro Wind? (Video)

micro_wind_solar.jpgAnother design I saw scattered throughout the show floor were those that integrated small solar and wind together on the same unit (top photo and photo below). The unit below integrates both solar and wind onto a single 400W streetlight platform.

The turbine itself is a “GUS” from a company called Tangarie which features a reflective coating that reduces glare and can even be slathered with an advertisement or a state flag of Texas, as is the one below. The complete solar/wind/streetlight/pole package (made by another company altogether) costs about $7,000, not including installation.

There will undoubtedly be substantial growth in the niche sector of vertical-axis wind turbines, especially in urban settings. Personally, I think this technology could best be applied in poorer countries to help address the most basic of energy needs, like lighting and light-duty water pumping.

Other Posts on Small and Micro Wind Energy:

“Top Five Micro Wind Turbines”
“Liveblogging from WINDPOWER 2008: Photos of Small Wind Turbines”
“Small Wind Remains in Farm Bill”
All Photos © Timothy B. Hurst

*Thanks again to the American Wind Energy Association for travel and conference support.

 
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