Friday, August 22, 2008

Windspire

source: http://sustainabledesignupdate.com/?p=902

The Windspire is a low cost, attractive, plug-n-produce wind power appliance that provides a safe and attractive method for harnessing power from the wind. At only 30 feet tall and 2 feet in radius, Windspire is distinguished by its sleek propeller-free design, ultra quiet operation, rugged construction, and affordable pricing. Designed for operation where we live and work, it sells for $4,995 and comes complete with a high efficiency generator, integrated inverter, hinged monopole, and wireless performance monitor.

The Windspire has been tested by Windward Engineering, a first rate wind power engineering firm, so their data is real and their claims, based on data, are not too exaggerated.

With a 12 mph average wind the Windspire should generate 2000 kilowatt hours of electricity. At $.10 per kilowatt, this is about $200.00 worth of power. The windspire won’t be replacing coal fired power plants any time soon.

Neverless, I am impressed with the Windspire. Compared with some “new and improved” wind companies (check here, and here) Windspire is a beautiful design and their complete plug and play package is an impressive step forward for small scale wind generation.

Check Out: Windspire

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