Honeywell Wind Turbine Coming Soon!

In July, we mentioned a small wind turbine from Earthtronics and Honeywell and want to provide an update.  We also have some newer images of what the actual turbine may end up looking like.  The WT6500 Wind Turbine, referred to as the Honeywell Wind Turbine Gearless Blade Tip Power System, will be priced at $5,995, with early units available in select Ace Hardware Stores starting in February 2010.

Of course, purchasers may be able to take advantage of federal, state, and/or local incentives of anywhere from 30-100% of the total system cost, making the system economically approachable.

You’ll note that purchase also requires installation by a certified installer.  If you’re looking to become a certified installer, make sure to check out this website, Fluid Wind Services.  For consumers, the cost of installation is going to be about $1,000 – $1,500, plus electrical contracting costs.

Unlike traditional wind tubines, the Honeywell Wind Turbine uses a gearless Blade Tip Power System (BTPS) to generate energy from the blade tips.  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 and can generate power in winds of up to 42 mph.  In terms of its size, the Honeywell Wind Turbine has a diameter of 67 inches, or just over five and a half feet.  It weighs 170 pounds.

In Class 3 winds, the turbine is capable of generating up to 2,000 kWh per year (and up to 2,750 kWh per year in Class 4 winds).  The turbine can be mounted on a pole or a roof and includes an auto directional motor base to catch the best winds.  Also included with the purchase is the Smart Box Control System, as well as the inverter and inter connect switch to wire the system into a household panel.  The current iteration is closed loop, not grid connected.

[+] Learn more about the Honeywell Wind Turbine.

Visual credits: Earthtronics.


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  • Anonymous

    That’s a great price for getting wind power! After state, federal credits you have to figure you would get in for about $3,000. You can’t beat that….

  • Peter

    Kilowatts per year doesn’t make much sense to me.Is it supposed to be kilowatt-hours per year?

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      You’re right … didn’t catch that in editing. I’m fixing it now.

  • http://www.green-talk.com/ Anna @GreenTalk

    I wonder if there are any vibrations associated with the turbine on the roof? Any electromagnetic issues or issues with your cell phone reception?

    I hope Honeywell has a winner here.

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Condo Auctions

    Less than $10K to get a full system installed? Thats great! The more affordable and easy we can make this the more home owners will get it and generate a portion of their own electricity.

    -Tyler

  • Anonymous

    $6k for what amounts to a bike wheel? seriously? ok we need to get that to under $300 retail including an inverter and generator.

    • http://www.cat-man-du.com/ Aaron

      A bike wheel? This thing is almost 6 feet in diameter. What kind of bikes have you been riding?

    • Pffffft

      IF you think it’ll work, why don’t you just tie a bike wheel to your house then?

      I on the other hand would prefer a system with returns… $5000 dollars for an, essentially free, form of energy production is a joke to me. Sure… you could build it yourself for less. But the addition of a wind generation system can save you quite a bit of money.

  • Name

    I have seen this product in person at the Texas Renewable round up in September 2009. Anyone that knows anything about wind generators will tell you to NEVER EVER EVER mount anything to your roof. While it may only make 35db while operation, all of that will go into your house. You will hear it everywhere. Also, I was affraid to even touch it, it looks very fragile and Class 4 wind is defined as (5.8 m/s @10 m) or 12.2 MPH. Then you take the 2750 KWH/Annual and that breaks down to 229 Kwh/Month and @ a mere 15 cents KWH, a saving of $35/month, of course if you can maintain a wind speed of 12.2 MPH. Nice try, keep trying this is not the answer.

  • Dave Nicholls

    This turbine sounds as though it’s what potential home electricity generators have been waiting for. However, although I know that research and developement costs have to be recouped in a real world, the cost of the Honeywell is going to keep it out of where it really needs to be except for the relatively well heeled and research facilities.

  • Anonymous

    What blood thirsty leaches… This product was announced just a couple of months ago with a MSRP of $4,500 (http://www.jetsongreen.com/2009/06/honeywell-wind-turbine-wt6000-earthtronics.html), but now they are listed for $6,000…. WOW! There happens to be a 30% federal rebate… HEY! that is $2,000 – putting the price on the consumer at $4,000… Greedy b@stards!

    • Anonymous

      If you look closely the date of the original article, where it was quoted at $4,500, was June 8, 2009. I have been following this product since I saw that jetsongreen article and occasionally speaking with the company and there have been a number of product specification adjustments that have occurred since last June 8 including, obviously, a price adjustment. The Windtronics website that introduced the turbine (http://www.earthtronics.com/honeywell.aspx) and collaboration with Honeywell listed the price at $5,995 as early as last October. More than $4,500 but still much better than other models out there.

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