Home Topper Wind Turbine Beefs Up Output

Eddy, the vertical axis wind turbine that produces up to 600 W of energy using wind from any direction, now has a brother. A big brother. Following up on the turbine it introduced earlier this year, Urban Green Energy has unveiled Eddy GT, in many ways the spittin’ image of Eddy but upsized to produce 1kW of energy. Big bro also comes with grid-tie technology, so that when the wind really howls, its owners can sell power back to their utility.

CEO Nick Blitterswyk said in a press release that Urban Green Energy was, yes, “blown away by the response to our launch of eddy.” He added that “the demand for a more powerful, grid-tie version of eddy shows that alternative energy solutions are what consumers want.”

image via Urban Green Energy

As it did with the Eddy, Urban Green Energy is promoting the Eddy GT’s quiet nature and ease of use. It notes that the turbine generates just 38dB at 12m/s wind speed—less noise than normal conversation (60dB), the company claims. And, says Urban Green Energy, the device can be assembled in an hour and mounted on a pole or rooftop. The turbine itself is priced at $6,990, with the electronics that go with it costing an additional $3,650. Mounting options range from around $1,000 to nearly $3,000.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.


  • Reply September 18, 2010


    I like this design, so cool

  • Reply September 18, 2010

    Vernon Smith

    The urgency for a greener environment and savings is becoming greater and greater each day. Thank you for the interesting developments. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply September 18, 2010


    scam scam scam scam scam scam scam

    Look it up – find ANY vertical-access wind turbine still functioning 2 years after installation, I dare you. They don’t exist.

  • Reply September 22, 2010

    Tree Thunderchild

    Does anyone have one of these that can provide some feedback on how well the actually work? Startup speeds? Output? Not from the company but from a customer?

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