Windsor company builds amazing new home wind turbine

Check out this new home wind turbine built by Windsor’s WindTronics for Honeywell — it can generate enough electricity to power a home when the wind is at just 3 km/h.

Normally, wind turbines require about 9 km/h of wind to generate power. This new design is so efficient because it generates electricity through the blade tips, instead of through a central gear box that loses much of the generated power because of mechanical resistance and drag. Windtronics calls it “The highest output, lowest cost per kWh installed turbine ever made (in class and size).”

Currently, the cost of purchasing and installing the Honeywell is prohibitive. However, the CBC reports that WindTronics is currently negotiating with the Ontario government to make these turbines part of the Feed-In Tariff program, which allows consumers to sell energy back to the provincial power grid:

When it’s installed in an area with high winds, the turbine can produce up to 2,700 kilowatt hours a year. Based on Ontario’s peak power rate of 9.9 cents per kWh, a turbine could save $272 in power costs each year.

However, at a cost of $6,500, with an additional $3,000 for installation, it would take 24 years for it to pay for itself.

[WindTronics CEO Reg] Adams says the company is currently negotiating with the Ontario government to have the turbines included in the Feed-in Tariff Program, which pays a premium for green-power energy.

He said if the Ontario government agrees to pay 50 to 55 cents per kilowatt-hour, it will make the turbines far more appealing to everyday homeowners.

If Ontario residents were able to feed power back into the grid under such an arrangement, the turbine would earn about $1,500 per year and be paid for in 4½ years.

Is anyone else ecstatic about seeing devices like these on homes across the country? This could be a major leap forward for green technology in Canada, and a huge step towards reducing our national carbon footprint. The turbine goes on sale in December, and I hope governments are ready to get behind projects like these; tax credits and rebates should definitely be available for anyone buying a home wind turbine.

Can any Techvibes readers think of drawbacks or problems with a gadget like this? If you can think of any, let’s hear from you in the comments section.