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.
Visual credits: Earthtronics.