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Wind Turbines




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The UK is blessed with plentiful wind resources. We have more wind than most of our neighbours on the European Mainland. We are therefore in a great position to harness nature’s energy and convert it into electricity. In recent years we have seen the growth of wind farms across our landscape, featuring large propeller type wind turbines.
Love them or hate them, like the electricity pylons that began to appear in the 1920’s, the large horizontal wind turbines are there for a long time, generating several megawatts of electricity to feed our national grid.
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But there is another way, moving away from the super grid concept toward a kinder, more environmentally friendly option.

For smaller and more localised energy demands we can use Vertical Axis Wind Turbines to generate renewable energy from small wind.

These turbines offer many distinctive advantages over the conventional Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines, for instance:

  • They rotate with the wind from any direction without having to move into the wind
  • They are virtually silent
  • They are smaller and far less obtrusive presenting much less visual pollution
  • They generate power from much lower wind speeds, starting at less than 3m/s
  • They don’t have to shut down in very high winds

Vertical Axis Wind Turbines are available in a range of sizes and configurations to suit different wind types and power demands. VAWT units are developed for the small wind market, generally for systems at less than 50kW. They can be configured for off-grid situations where the generated power is used locally or used to recharge back up batteries.

They can also be configured for on-grid situations to supply power back to the grid to generate income through the Feed in Tariff scheme. Multiple units can also be configured for either off grid or on grid installations in order to increase the amount of power generated.

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