This is a guest post provided by Maria Surma Manka direct from WINDPOWER 2008. Maria writes about renewable energy policy, innovation, and private sector leadership at Maria Energia.
Greetings from Houston, site of the American Wind Energy Association’s WINDPOWER 2008 conference. I am a guest of AWEA and have spent the last few days meeting several of the 12,000 attendees and visiting many of the nearly 800 exhibitors. Below are some of the interesting small wind turbine designs I found.
Dallas-based Broadstar Windsystems makes the AeroCam turbine that can be used in urban areas and even to infill rural wind farms (in other words, put these shorter, smaller turbines in between the big ones). What’s more, Broadstar made the bold claim that this turbine could achieve $1 per watt installed.
The three following photos are small turbines from IR Windpower. They currently manufacture both large and small designs throughout Asia, but they’re eying the European and U.S. markets next.
This turbine from KR Windpower stands only about 4-5 feet off the ground. The company is based in Korea, with offices in China and California:
Small wind from Bergey Windpower:
From Proven Energy:
This vertical turbine is from Hi Energy. The poster in the photo shows examples of how the turbine can be used.
I couldn’t find a website for the company but this is a video of the turbine in action.