Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Small Wind Turbine with Kitchen Appliance

Small Wind Turbine With A Blender Motor (VIDEO)

Seattle Times | Dave Burdick | March 11, 2009 08:04 AM

Wind-powering one's home typically means one of two things: buying into a pool of money that offsets the cost of running a wind farm -- that is to say, buying electrons that are probably generated by conventional means and blindly subsidizing the work required to build or run wind projects, which will (probably) feed "clean" electrons into the grid elsewhere -- or planting a huge, expensive and sometimes loud wind turbine on your property.

One entry in a Google-run contest would like to change that, according to the Seattle Times:

Imagine walking into a big-box retail store and grabbing a wind turbine off the shelf.

"For me, so many of these [wind] systems just aren't practical," Maglaque said, referring to expenses and inspections needed to install other wind devices. "I should be able to go down to Costco and pick one up by a big jar of mayonnaise."

I posted this here because I found the comments on this post to be very interesting:
The opposition to changing the status quo is, in my mind, ridiculous.
I can imagine the powers that be in the oil industry, or anyone with a financial interest in keeping the US on the oil powered path would do anything to discredit or spread disinformation

Go to Huffington Post to see the opposition to this small wind energy idea here.

Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?

Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?

Contact Wind Energy at

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wind Turbine Owners Sell Energy Credits

Credits offer wind power without backyard turbine

Associated Press

CLARKS LANDING (AP) — Maryland residents who lack the wind, the will or the wherewithal to put wind turbines in their backyard can still buy green power, often in a more convenient way and at a lower cost.

Clean Currents, based in Rockville, has been offering green power — defined as renewable energy credits and green electricity — for three years and it’s become cheaper than regular utility rates.

Usually renewable energy requires an upfront investment, but we’re in a unique situation where you can choose green power and save money at the same time,” said Gary Skulnik, Clean Currents’ president. “It almost never happens.”

That unique situation came about because of cheaper wholesale energy prices that Clean Currents and other companies have used to their advantage because many utility companies haven’t dropped rates to reflect the change in wholesale costs.

Clean Currents sells credits to about 3,000 Maryland homes within BGE and Pepco service areas and D.C. residents can also buy credits from Pepco. Those rates are still slightly higher than regular rates.

Carlos Fernandez-Bueno has sold wind turbines to residential customers, such as Ken Robinson and Sheryll Elliott of Clarks Landing, for installation in their backyard. But he said renewable energy credits are a good option for most people.

Robinson wanted to provide his own electricity so he could be satisfied he wasn’t contributing to pollution from a power plant across Cuckold Creek from his house. In winter time, his wind turbine provides more power than he uses and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative pays him for what his wind turnbine’s generated.

“I’m jealous,” said Julie Klingenstein, a neighbor of Robinson’s. “Maybe they’ll share some of their electricity with all that money they’re saving.”

Fernandez-Bueno didn’t sell any wind turbines in Maryland in 2008 despite selling 85 around the country. Robinson’s installation of a wind turbine took 18 months because the zoning board didn’t have a proper form to apply for a permit to build a windmill in Charles County.

Pepco spokesman Robert Dobkin did warn customers that some renewable energy companies struggle to stay afloat and have to cut or reduce programs.

The Mid-Atlantic grid receives the wind power from turbines in Texas and other states. Skulnik said the number of people signing up for green power has grown significantly from last year.

“There’s no cost to you, you don’t have to install any equipment and it takes less than five minutes on a Web site,” Skulnik said. “There’s no excuse not to do it.”


Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?

Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?

Contact Wind Energy at

Maryland Home Owner Installs Home Wind Turbine

Maryland Couple Installs Wind Turbine in Backyard

SWAN POINT, Md. - While some people are finding it hard to pay their electric bills, one Maryland couple is taking action to reduce their power bill by installing a wind turbine in their own backyard.

After months and months of trying to get permits from the county and the electric company, Ken Robinson and Sheryl Elliot finally got to see their hard work pay off and they are now taking control of their home's energy needs.

For years, Robinson and Elliott have looked for ways to use more renewable energy in and around their southern Maryland home. "We became educated on energy and alternative energy and we get so much wind here we thought this might be an ideal location for a wind turbine," said Robinson

After months of research, planning and paperwork, the new energy source is now in place. The 170 pound turbine sits 600 feet from the couple's home on the edge of their property near the water, directly across the bay from the county power plant.

While reducing pollution, the turbine is designed to convert wind into clean energy and generate enough power to run anything in the home. "We are anticipating a 40 percent reduction basically going from $0.14 cents to $0.07," said Elliot.

"I also expect during the winter months we will have tremendous savings possibly producing more energy than we can use in which case we will basically be providing energy to the grid and then getting a credit on our electric bill," said Robinson.

Carlos Fernandez installed the turbine and says the couple's home is one of the most optimal places for the wind generator. "I came out here and as beautiful as it is, it comes out in to the water with no obstructions to the wind especially the typical wind that comes from the west in the area," said Fernandez.

The couple hopes their turbine will serve as an example to others throughout Maryland to help make it a greener, cleaner state. "We thought if we went first, we thought we would help pave the way so others who follow it will be easier for," said Elliot.

"It's still a surreal feeling to actually know there is an active wind turbine because its been a dream of ours for years," said Robinson.

The new turbine already has some in the community looking to follow suit. The couple says one of their neighbors is hoping to install a smaller, experimental turbine on their dock soon.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Aggressively Capture Wind to Generate Electricity for Farms

Low Wind Speed Startup Wind Powered Generator

Frederick Maryland wind generator developer makes interesting argument re: large vs smaller, potentially much more efficient multi blade wind powered generators:

Our calculations show that our 14' diameter low wind speed startup Wind Powered Generator blades create 4.068 Newton meters (3.000 ft lbs) of torque on the center shaft at 1 mile per hour (0.44704 meter/second) open air wind speed. Since 1 mph is the lowest that we are reporting, then if 3 ft lbs of torque is enough to start turning the blades, that is a 1 mph startup speed (0.44704 m/s startup speed). But, to be conservative in our estimates we say "less than" 5 mph startup speed (2.23 m/s startup speed). We reiterate: 5 mph startup speed (2.23 m/s startup speed). That is just the calculated torque from the blades in open air wind. 5 mph startup speed (2.23 m/s startup speed). It does not include degradation due to any icing on the unit if there is an ice storm or a freezing-rain storm, or other factors, etc. Under different conditions, it will take different amounts of torque to start turning the blades. The following graph helps with understanding the calculated torque for the wind speeds.

Remember this is NOT some silly three bladed "airfoil lifting" wind turbine.

This design uses a lot of big wide blades. We wrote the definition of a Wind Powered Generator as we build them. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!

Tired of spending all that money on horrendous electric bills?
Want to produce at least some of your own electricity?

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Tired of those silly 3 bladed "airfoil lift" turbines?
Want your wind-to-energy production to startup at less than hurricane wind speeds?

Our low wind speed startup Wind Powered Generators are specifically designed for low wind speed startups (less than 5 mph).

Tired of not knowing how a wind energy source works?
Want to know of some real life examples of some differences in them?

Read our references to physics and NASA data and decide for yourself. We did and we created a new definition for our own manufacturing processes: A Wind Powered Generator definition. Read and know. Low wind speed startup Wind Powered Generators are (for our manufacturing) defined by us alone. We do not use 3 silly aerofoil-lifting blades. We use many big wide blades with our own definition of a Wind Powered Generator.

Low wind speed startup.
You found the place to buy your Wind Powered Generator. Right here.
Does NOT use 3 silly airfoils.

Listed wattage is estimated only. Towers are seperate and are not included in this price. The wind may blow or it may not, we do not control that.

Low wind speed startup.
Remember, ours is DESIGNED for low wind speed startup.

At different wind speeds, the torque on the blades creates different wattages. At high wind speeds, the listed wattages can be double what they show here.

Please look at our page "An Introduction to Wind Loads" to see the very high turning forces on these blades.

Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?

Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?

Contact Wind Energy at

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Some Turbines Are More Equal Than Others

3 Blades Good, 30 Blades Bad?

All wind turbines are equal, but some turbines are MORE EQUAL than others?

From Maryland Small Wind Energy Systems
Image Credit: Chuck Coker

Why is it the only images you see of wind energy are huge 3 bladed monsters?
Why did the farmers of the 19th and 20th century use MULTI bladed wind turbines?

Why are most images of wind energy systems using propeller like airfoil blades... when the data suggests 45° blades are far more efficient?

From Maryland Small Wind Energy Systems

Which group of corporations stand to benefit if wind energy was less efficient?

From Maryland Small Wind Energy Systems

Small Wind Energy Systems
From this graphic it would seem Eastern Maryland is the most likely place to construct Wind Energy Systems.
The large 3 blade wind turbines could harm birds, smaller 30 bladed small wind energy systems seem a better solution (not to mention they cost a whole lot less)