posted on Sep, 1 2012 @ 02:18 PM
I have a small-ish AirX turbine, which are sold in marine or RV shops, or if you're out in the country in Feed stores. It makes about 400 watts, give
or take, and is perfect for small outbuildings. I use to power outdoor lighting and a cistern pump, all designed to run on DC so I wouldn't have to
bother with inverters/etc.
My next goal is to move up to a bigger turbine, and use it supplement my home's electrical needs. Luckily I have the space to erect a larger wind
turbine, but it would be nice to use something a little more compact, like this gentleman's design. It can be costly (about $15,000) for a 2kW/hr
wind turbine, the amortization rate is still longer than I'd like, but the beauty of it would be greater independence from the electrical utility AND
knowing if/when things go south, I can switch to my own power source to run essential household needs. What I do like about this guy's design is that
it looks like, for the same amount of space as a typical, residential style AirX-type wind turbine, you could get one that generates a lot more power.