According to experts, big wing is making a big comeback with several industries turning to wind power for their energy needs. While wind turbines were generally found in large scale industries and centralized farms dedicated to them, recent developments have given rise to small scale wind turbines that can be fitted in homes on rooftops and backyards with ease. Here are some of these wind turbine concepts that may soon find their place in many homes around the world.
Helix Power’s Small Wind Turbine
Helix Wind is all set to create wind turbines that can be purchased and used effectively by residential and small scale commercial customers. The company has in fact, come out with a small wind turbine that can be used in homes and commercial establishments. Featuring a helical shape that looks absolutely stunning and can operate efficiently even in low wind speeds, the turbines can generate electricity constantly thanks to its helical platform that makes energy generation more efficient than previous designs.
Hercules Wind Generator
Italy based firm Enessere has created what it calls the Hercules Wind Generator, a wind turbine sculpture that not only looks aesthetically pleasing, but is also capable of producing energy on a constant basis. The wind turbine features a unique design made of wood, carbon and titanium, and which moves along a vertical axis.
When installed, the turbine can easily produce power outputs in the range of 5kW which is suitable for the energy needs of small households. The company has also announced at the possibility of making these turbines smart as well by including smart technology that can monitor local wind patterns to operate at maximum efficiency during high wind conditions and power down in case of low wind activity.
Archimedes Liam F1 Wind Turbine
Created by Dutch based start-up, the Archimedes Wind Turbine is a rooftop wind turbine that features a Nautilus shell shaped design for efficient energy production sans the noise produced by other wind turbines of the same size.
Suitable for residential households, the Archimedes’ conical shape allows it to rotate freely without any mechanical resistance, a factor which contributes to the low level of noise generated by the turbine. The turbine also comes with the capability to swing on a vertical axis to automatically turn its face towards optimal wind direction.
The Frog Revolver is a portable wind turbine that is capable of generating clean energy easily and effortlessly. The small and yet, powerful wind turbine can generate up to 35 Watts of power from the wind which is enough to charge small devices like lights, mobile phones, laptops, radios, cameras and so on.
The highlight of the Frog Revolver is that it can transported easily from one place to another, with the device neatly concealed inside a slender tube which compresses to reveal 4 curved blades inside. Spikes are present on the tips of the blades to anchor the device to the ground while operating.
Energy Ball Wind Turbine
Created by Swedish company Home Energy, the Energy Ball Wind Turbine is a consumer grade wind turbine that features a beautiful orb structure which spins on an axis. Utilizing the Venturi principle (a measure of the pressure of a liquid that is forced to flow through a restricted pipe), the turbine’s unique design helps funnel the wind properly through its blades (a total of six in number) as well as the generator, thus allowing for increased efficiency and reduced noise levels.
The Energy Ball Wind Turbine is perfect for small scale energy generation and can also generate electricity in low wind conditions, thus making it a great consumer grade wind turbine for households.
Of late, a lot of companies have started coming forward with wind turbine designs that can be used in small households. In addition to being much smaller than their industrial counterparts, these wind turbines are known to generate enough energy to power households and commercial establishments efficiently with minimum hindrances like noise.