Domestic Wind Turbines - Location is the Secret of Success

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As a self confessed enthusiast of domestic wind turbines, I've just spend the last few days pouring over the latest turbine research performed in the UK. The conclusions of the report underline some really important facts that anyone thinking of installing a home turbine should pay attention to.

If you take only one thing from this article, you should know this: -

Location, Location, Location is the key!!

Domestic wind turbines have huge potential to save both money and help stop global warming, but only if they are positioned correctly. A well positioned turbine can generate 100 times the electricity of a poorly positioned one.

The report was created by the Energy Saving Trust, after reviewing working turbines from 57 UK locations. Of all the turbines they saw, the worst generated a pathetic £27 (US$45) of electricity per year, and the best gave a whopping £2,300 (US$3,815) worth per year.

Why such a huge difference between the two?

Location.

It was found that mounting a wind turbine to a building is a severe limitation to its performance. At most, £127 (US$210) of electricity per year could be expected.

Far more effective is to mount the turbine nice and high on a pole in a large open space. If you are serious about saving money - you will see a huge benefit.

The best locations for domestic wind turbines are away from built up areas. Smooth wind without turbulence is very important to turbines, but this is hard to find in urban areas as the buildings disrupt the flow of air.

The report found that one free standing turbine in rural Scotland was able to save more than £2,300 (US$3,815) per year, owing to its perfect location.

Substandard quality of wind turbines was another problem that faces potential customers. The report recommends only buying certified products with accreditation from MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme).

This is an important factor to consider, as a wind turbines without good engineering design will be more likely to breakdown; eating into the potential savings.

If possible, I would recommend getting a turbine that carries a 5 year warranty. The length of the warranty is a good indicator as to how confident the manufacturer is that their product is up to the task.

Overall, the report was upbeat about the future of domestic wind turbines. I think these stats speak for themselves: -

"There is the potential for delivering nearly 2 million tonnes of CO2 savings from domestic small scale wind turbines in the UK. This is equivalent to the annual emissions of approximately 350,000 homes."

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Tim Brennan is an fan of wind turbines as well as eco-living in general. He enjoys cycling adventures and fixing broken things for friends & family.

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This article was published on 2010/03/28