The much-anticipated Honeywell Wind Turbine from WindTronics officially launches today, one day prior to Earth Day. This is a small wind turbine that we’ve mentioned extensively – here’s a video of one spinning. The launch is supported by a global network of distributors, partners, and retailers ready to sell the unique turbine from a starting price of $5,795, plus installation.
I say this is a starting price because it depends on the connector. The Honeywell Wind Turbine can be connected to the grid (Power One Aurora Grid Tie Inverter option), a building (SmartBox option), or a battery (Direct DC option).
The small wind turbine has a diameter of six feet and weighs less than 185 pounds. Its main feature is the gearless design, which is called the Blade Tip Power System, that uses an outer ring of magnets and stators to capture power at the blade tips where speed is greatest.
The turbine spins at 0.5 mph and generates energy at two mph of wind. Honeywell Wind Turbine is rated at 1,500 watts in 31 mph winds, according to WindTronics materials. In terms of noise, an important factor tied to location, the turbine has “negligible” vibration and makes about 35 db of noise at 10 feet.
The WT6500 Wind Turbine can be used in either the residential or commercial context, subject to local zoning and permits if required. To help people learn whether small wind like this makes sense, WindTronics developed a tool to estimate local wind speeds, utility prices, and rebate programs, which is available online at WindKnowledge.com.
After crunching the numbers, you may find the turbine retailing at places like Ace Hardware, True Value, and Northern Tool and Equipment, or you can search for one at WhereToBuyOne.com.