Windtronics has developed a new home wind turbine that could be a practical renewable energy option, even for folks living in areas with light or infrequent winds. The new product is called the Honeywell Wind Turbine and its manufacturer says it features technology capable of converting wind speeds as low as two mph into energy.
The Honeywell Wind Turbine weighs in at just under 185 pounds and measures about six feet in diameter. Windtronics claims it can produce up to 1500 kilowatt-hours annually depending on the wind speeds at a given location and the height at which the turbine is mounted.
Perhaps the turbine’s most unique design point is that it is totally gearless. Instead of gears, it uses a system of magnets and stators that line its outer ring to capture power at the blade tips where speed is greatest. According to Windtronics, this design practically eliminates mechanical resistance and drag thereby allowing the turbine to start turning in winds as low as 0.5 mph and generate energy at 2 mph.
Windtronics appears to have weighed versatility heavily in design considerations. The turbine can be roof or pole mounted and it comes with three different connection types that allows power to either be fed into a grid, routed to a building, or sent directly to a battery storage system.
As for power output, WIndtronics rates its turbine at 1,500 watts at 31 MPH wind and 2,200 watts at 38 MPH peak rating. Pricing starts at $5,795 (plus installation). Similar to installing an electric generator, the Honeywell Wind Turbine was designed, according to the company, to be installed by a licensed electrical contractor. Apparently this may not be a DIY project like other turbines we’ve written about in the past. It is also in sharp contrast to the cheaper home wind turbine for sale through Wal-Mart we recently mentioned.
Windtronics offers a few online resources intended to walk would-be wind turbine owners through a series of important pre-purchase considerations such as local wind speeds, incentives, rebate and grant programs, zoning and permitting requirements, homeowner’s association regulations and onsite placement for the turbine.