If the current course of technical development and the number of installations is considered, then the discussion about the respective advantages and. (HAWT) and the vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT). . V. CONCLUSION. Both types of turbines, whether VAWTs or HAWTs, are used for generating electrical. The article compares the wind turbines with horizontal axes (HAWT) versus wind turbines with vertical axes (VAWT). One of the main disadvantage of VAWTs is.

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That message seems lost, not only on most small wind turbine owners, but also on many manufacturers and installers of said devices.

Wind turbines do work; put them in nice, smooth air and their energy production is quite predictable we will get to predicting it a bit further on in this story. Keep in v, you need that much wind just to break even in energy production vs. It is important to check for issues, such as loose bolts or tower guy wires that need re-tensioning, before they become a problem.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

WeStarwind5 have been compared to UGE recently vawf its worth a follow up note for everyone to consider…. Do not just take our word for this, read it for yourself: If you do install an anemometer and measure the wind over one or more years, you should compare the annual average wind speed obtained from your anemometer data to the annual average of the nearest airport or meteo-station for that same year. Bergey concieved heir design off a Beechcraft propller design in the ate s, perhaps only Skystream has a modern HAWT design which gawt much quieter than Bergey, although not as quiet as a the new supercomputer designed VAWT tech see http: Be sure to read our section on wind gawt site selectionunderstand it, and no wind installer will ever pull the wool over your eyes again.

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Depending on whom you ask, the cut-in wind speed is either the wind speed where the turbine starts turning, or the wind speed where it starts to produce some power. In fact, towers are dangerous, and for a good installation the devil is in the details. The information above should give you a good idea of what to expect from a small wind turbine, so you can do the calculations yourself.


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The Truth About Small Wind Turbines

Certification programs are under way in various places to provide real turbine performance data. Vz blade of a vertical or horizontal type turbine is equally good at extracting that power, though with the vertical type the blades move at an angle to the vawf where they do not extract energy for part of every rotation, adding drag and making a vertical type turbine just a little less efficient than a similar sized horizontal one.

The reality at this time is that if you want to produce energy, get hzwt HAWT, if you want really good looking yard-art, or architectural bling for your building, get a VAWT.

Compare the resulting numbers with those mentioned in just about all sales brochures of VAWT type turbines and it should be immediately clear that their marketing people are smoking The Good Stuff.

Do not just take our word hawtt this, read it for yourself:. These are the upper limit though, if your turbine produces anywhere near the number predicted by this table you should be doing your happy-dance!

The tip speed ratio of the Horizontal axis wind turbine is generally about 5 to 7, and at such a high speed, the blades cutting the air flow will produce loud aerodynamic noise, and meanwhile many birds through such high-speed blade are difficult to escape.

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A much better measure of turbine size is, simply, their diameter. Your utility company charges you for the energy you consume, not power.

Turbine manufacturers that deliver standard towers that are much too short to be effective; this tower plus turbine is just 23 feet tall!

There, we have said it! There are similar issues with the forces on the blades. Sit back and let the full weight of that sink in for a moment: If we did not talk you out of a wind turbine by now there may still be hope!

Calculate the frontal area swept area of the VAWT by multiplying height and width, or for a curved egg-beater approximate the area. Look up the energy production for that diameter and your average annual wind speed and do the following:. These are the most significant comparisons I can currently think of. UGE is what it is, an old Gorlov design, updated with reverse airfoils that has been marketed heavily. Although the wind is called as the clean energy, and can be friendly to the environment, with more and more large-scale wind power farms being built, some environmental problems caused by the wind turbines have been also prominent.

You are the kind of person that wins the lottery on a regular basis, marries a beauty queen or kingand has kids that all go to ivy-league universities; your wind turbine never breaks and you do not have to shell out a single buck for maintenance over 20 years. If you believe that, we have some land in southern Louisiana that we would like to sell to you….


Understanding how the turbine works, how to stop it safely, how to trouble-shoot at least the minor issues can keep you in the black. Small Wind Turbine Reliability. Most some would say all installed small wind turbines do abysmally poor in comparison with their energy production numbers as calculated above.

We have put the same information in a table, both for metric and imperial numbers:. We also want happy customers, and the two are not reconcilable unless we are upfront with you, our customer. For anyone considering putting a turbine on their roof this is an eye opener; the results are piss-poor.

What may be surprising is that even the turbines of the more honourable manufacturers that are honest about performance fall short, more often than not. Nevertheless, as for the H structure of Darrieus wind turbine, it has an opposite conclusion. For larger wind turbines the manufacturers are usually a little more honest, and more money is available to do a good site analysis.

The graph on the right shows how a change in tower height affects the available power in the wind for a site that does not have obstructions buildings, trees etc. They looked at 57 turbines for a year, a number of them building mounted, others tower mounted, and concluded that building mounted turbines did very poorly.

What is more, due to the way grid-tie inverters work, you are about as likely to be loosing energy around cut-in wind speed to keep the inverter powered, as you are in making any energy, resulting in a net-loss of electricity production.

Under those conditions they will do much, much worse than predicted. Create a new list. Building your own turbine can be a great hobby, and some of the topics touched below apply such as proper site selectionbut this discussion is not about those. Here is an equation that will calculate approximate annual average energy production for a grid-tie horizontal axis turbine of reasonable efficiency:.

Hopefully by now you know the annual average wind speed for the height that you are planning to put your turbine at, and you have selected a site with little turbulence. How much tower you need for a wind turbine to live up to its potential vawwt on your particular site; on the trees and structures around it etc.