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Published on June 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines — An Option for You?

June 22nd, 2011 by  

This post brought to you by Sauer Energy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Wind power is growing fast, as anyone here on CleanTechnica should know by now. It is exploding as its costs fall and the high costs of other power sources (i.e. coal and nuclear) are made more apparent and rise. And, this is all expected to continue in the years to come because wind power technologies are quickly being developed and improved, their fuel (wind) is expected to remain free indefinitely (hope so), and the costs of coal and nuclear are expected to continue rising.

Now, most of the time, when we discuss wind power, we are talking about huge wind turbines and wind farms, but there is a market growing around micro wind turbines (we get a ton of new visitors every day just from people searching that term), and there are companies already making micro wind a viable option for homeowners and small businesses. One such company is Sauer Energy, and I’ve actually written about its new Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) in the past, but it’s been awhile and when approached with an idea to write about it again, I jumped on board. This is exciting technology to me, for a few key reasons….

Micro Wind Turbines:

  • allow us to make use of wind energy in many more locations than traditional turbines;
  • (like solar) allow for more decentralized power generation, meaning it lets individuals and small businesses become more self-reliant and less dependent on mega-corporations;
  • avoid some of the hiccups large-scale wind turbines run into, such as problems related to birds, bats, and noise (problems that don’t compare to those created by coal or nuclear plants, but are something worth addressing, nonetheless); and
  • generate electricity close to where it is being used, meaning less of it is lost in transmission and distribution.

Good stuff, eh?

Benefits of Sauer Energy’s VAWT Wind Charger

Now, as we all know, not all computers are the same.. the same goes for micro wind turbines. There are a couple clear benefits to Sauer Energy‘s Wind Charger worth noting:

  • it’s one of the most efficient and affordable wind turbines on the market;
  • it offers a 10-year warranty (twice the industry standard).

Definitely worth a check if you are interested in creating your own cheap electricity today and in the years to come.

As an alternative or complement to clean, distributed solar power, I think innovative micro wind turbines like this have a lot to offer.

What are your thoughts on this?

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

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