Arista Power has introduced a line of portable, three-bladed micro wind turbines designed to provide battery charging capability at remote and off-grid locations. Weighing 15 lbs. and with just two moving parts, the Arista Power Charger 300 line is designed to generate electrical power in winds from 3-20 meters/second (~6.72-44.8 miles/hour).
The Rochester, NY-based clean energy technology designer and manufacturer’s Charger 300 line of micro wind turbines consist of three highly efficient blades, a controller and a permanent magnet generator.
The Charger 300i model is designed for maximum human portability and use in more rugged environments. While it can be carried in a hard or soft-pack carrying case, the Charger 300i would be mounted on a 20-30 foot-high mast for typical applications.
In terms of accommodating a wider range of applications, the 300e model has an external control unit and can be put to use in higher, more permanent locations, the company explains. It would typically be mounted a tower structure greater than 30-feet high. The 300e is also designed to work in hybrid power applications where wind and solar energy is harnessed.
Micro Wind Boom
Small wind power is booming in the US. Installed small wind turbine capacity will grow from 50MW to 152MW by 2015, according to Pike Research. And the small wind turbine market has already been growing considerably in recent years.
Arista’s line of portable micro wind turbines is the latest example of the innovation that’s taking place in the US wind power industry and across the clean energy sector. Researchers and wind power entrepreneurs are also building and improving innovative vertical-axis wind turbines.
Rochester, NY-based Arista Power develops, manufactures and supplies a range of custom-designed clean energy, power management systems, including WindTamer wind turbines and a Mobile Renewable Power Station that produces wind and solar power that’s stored in an on-board storage device. A more robust, stationary Renewable Power Station can be ‘drop-shipped’ to off-grid locations, where it can be used as a micro-grid.
Arista’s also developed and manufactured a patent-pending ‘Power on Demand’ energy management system that can manage power supplied from multiple sources, including wind, solar, fuel cells and the grid. It’s equipped with a custom-designed battery storage system and a proprietary ‘smart’ monitoring technology that releases energy at optimal times to reduce weak power demand. That lowers electricity costs for large energy users whose usage occurs at peak times, according to the company.