First Look: Honeywell Wind Turbine

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.


Article tags: , ,
  • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawk4JLlMpUN3E4myqhgsBD7ZlST5Kp-al0w veggieguy

    Is it just me, or did that seem notably louder than 35 decibels in the video? Still, I’m eager to see this turbine hit the stores.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Sounds more like wind catching the camera microphone than the turbine spinning. Not sure, though. I guess there is another background noise going on in the video. It’ll be interesting to see this in real life.

  • Pingback: Gearless Wind Turbine Launches Today!

  • http://twitter.com/gontadu Eshwar Andhavarapu

    So the benefit in short, is a much lower starting torque hey?

  • BH

     2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds – The national average price for electricity is 10 cents per kWh.  So this machine can generate $200 per year worth of power, and it costs about $8000 installed.  Thus it will take 40 years to pay for this machine.  Say the price is 20 cents with incentives, it still takes 20 years to pay off .  Why do it?2000 kWh/yr in class 3 winds – The national average price for electricity is 10 cents per kWh.  So this machine can generate $200 per year worth of power, and it costs about $8000 installed.  Thus it will take 40 years to pay for this machine.  Say the price is 20 cents with incentives, it still takes 20 years to pay off .  Why do it?

  • Ronlpatrick

    My company has been doing PV for the past 10 years. ACE Hardware. I don’t guys every
      time I went to Ace I would deal with A high school student. You want this to show off
    a product that I really believe in. I hope it works but I really have my doubts. If you would
    like to call me 203-824-0936 Its just like apple with there I phone with ATT . Att has the worst
    coverage in the country. Kinda looks the same to me. You need qualified people that understand the mechanics, the inverters, the shut off outside so the guys on the poles wont kill them selves, permits,quality installers. We have all of those, Plus qualified sales staff.
    I think its a great product.To bad the people that know the industry wont be able to work
    with a great product
    Ron

  • Barbva_realtor

    There has been some major updates on this turbine, which some referred it to being made by Earthtronics, and others said by Windtronics, and they changed size, and specifications, and changed the name of the turbine, and who their vendors are, and the release date etc etc etc.  See http://www.squidoo.com/green-energy-alternative-power 

Popular Topics on Jetson Green