Monday, May 11, 2009

WINDPOWER 2009: Small Wind Turbine Designs

There wasn't a shortage of unique small wind turbine designs at AWEA's WINDPOWER conference last week in Chicago. Here are a few I came across - some are from what appears to be newer wind companies, while others are more established (to learn about more conventional turbine designs, see Tim Hurst's Top 5 Micro Wind Turbines).

HelixWind's vertical access turbine:

A company called Mecaro created this Spiral Magnus wind turbine:

Chicago's own Aerotecure International created this turbine style, which has been installed on buildings in the Chicago area, as well as in California, New Jersey and New York.

A company called Tangarie designs this patriotic turbine:


Anonymous said...

I think that red-white-blue one is from Windside.

Maria Surma Manka said...

Thanks! I actually found my note on the company, called Tangarie (

Daniel said...

Maria Surma Manka said...

Hi Daniel - thanks for the link (always good to hear about different turbine designs) but please offer some explanation about the product? Are you with the company?

Anonymous said...

Awesome Designes!
I Buy Solar Panels

Daniel said...

Hi ad,

it's been quite a process gettin things this far with still further to go, but things are look'n up. The version your looking at is called "littlehawk" and is four ft. wide and 6 ft. long and is designed for a small trailer or R V , thanks for the kind words, they are greatly appreciated. Dan'l

Alexander said...

Wind power is not a solution. The whole truth about wind turbines is never told by lobbyists and governments.
How could the very weak and extremely unreliable initial energy source of a wind turbine ever produce a steady power of any significance?
Please think!

And read: “Wind energy- the whole truth” at: Wind energy- the whole truth

And for green jobs creation in relation to renewable energy read:

Study of the effects on employment of public aid to renewable energy sources.

Maria Surma Manka said...

Alexander - It's not whether wind power WILL produce a steady source of energy. It already IS. Iowa, for example, is getting 15% of its electricity from wind and that number is growing there and across the U.S. Wind power is here to stay.

Anonymous said...

Wind turbines make sense if they are sufficiently cheap. Someday, low-cost wind turbines will be called "whirlygigs", and nearly every house will use them.

Unknown said...

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Mine is really working well.