Wind energy with newly developed Australian company Windpods International Pty Ltd.
Wind energy is generated by wind turbines. Usually the’re horizontal or vertical models. This model can be mounted horizontally or vertically, and it’s completely silent. The Windpod G1 is a vertical axe wind turbine which can be fixed on roofs and and can produce up to 1 kilowatt of power.
The technical details:
• diameter of 450mm
• length of 2200mm (about 18 inches by 86.5 inches)
• Theoretical power produce capacity: 1kW
• Extremely low noise and vibration.
• Able to operate vertically, horizontally or any angle in-between.
• Able to operate efficiently in gusty and turbulent winds such as typically found in urban environments.
• Able to be modularly mounted onto buildings at low cost in a location where wind is at highest concentration.
• Excellent power production per dollar of cost.
• Slender, elongated tubes of only 0.45m diameter.
• Being only 450mm diameter, should not require Council planning approvals.
But, the cut-in wind speed seems to be around 4 meters/second (about 9 mph), and full power is not reached until a wind speed of 12.5 meters/second (nearly 28 mph). That’s pretty high wind speeds….
A quick quote from the manufacturer’s website:
Whilst near silent operation and scaleability are major benefits of Windpods technology the energy return produced on a dollar per watt scale is equal to or better than most wind turbines currently on the market and can often exceed solar PV installations by significant amountsdepending on your location. Windpods can work in combination with a solar PV setup, or as a stand alone installation.
Windpods can harvest wind energy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without the slightest interruption to the sun hours of a solar PV installation. If required Windpods and solar PV can even share some common electrical equipment, allowing customers to simultaneously harvest wind and solar energy.
The manufacturer is Australia based company and owner of the Windpods technology. Founded on the technology by Windpods inventor Graeme Attey Windpods International is now looking to expand and implement the Windpods technology globally.