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Saturday, January 30, 2010

First Look: Honeywell Wind Turbine

via Green Building : Jetson Green by Preston Koerner on 1/28/10

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Not much has changed since our last update on the Honeywell Wind Turbine, except WindTronics released this video showing the gearless blade tip system at work.  It's spinning nicely, and the company claims it can start generating energy at winds speeds as low as 2 mph (and up to 42 mph).  The $5,995, soon-to-be-launched small wind turbine can produce up to 2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds and up to 2752 kWh/yr in class 4 winds. 

According to WindTronics, the WT6500 will be the company's launch product.  Early units will sell from select Ace Hardware Stores in February 2010, with the product launch continuing throughout the spring.  
Although a purchaser may be able to install the Honeywell Wind Turbine, it still needs to be wired up by a certified installer.  The cost of installation is estimated to be around $1,000 - $1,500, plus electrical contracting costs.  It can be grid-tied or off-grid, depending on what the purchaser needs. 
One of the things that makes the system interesting is the fact that a purchaser can take advantage of federal, state, and/or local incentives of anywhere from 30-100% of the total system cost, making the system economically approachable. 
Another interesting fact about the Honeywell Wind Turbine is that it generates energy from the blade tips using a gearless Blade Tip Power System (BTPS).  The advantage of this, according to the company, is that the turbine starts turning at winds of 1 mph, generates energy at 2 mph, and operates 50% more of the time than traditional systems. 
The turbine causes less than 35 decibels of noise when operating, although it's quite large in size.  The WT6500 has a diameter of 67 inches, or just over five and a half feet, and weighs 170 pounds.  It can be mounted on a pole, roof, or commercial mount and has a 120 degree wide acceptance angle. 
[+] Learn more about the Honeywell Wind Turbine.
Visual credits: WindTronics.
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