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A turbine for harsh winds: Whisper 500...

SmartWind offers the Whisper 500, which can produce enough energy to power an entire home. Formerly the Whisper 175, the Whisper 500 was completely redesigned in 2004 to work in harsh high wind environments. The Whisper 500 is a two bladed fiberglass reinforced blade and incorporates the patented side furling design that optimizes output at any wind speed. Assuming a 12 mph (5.4 m/s) wind, a Whisper 500 will produce...

Top-selling small wind turbines: Whisper 100 ...

SmartWind offers the Whisper 100. It provides dependable energy for remote homes, telecommunications sites and rural applications in moderate to extreme environments. Reliable operation by thousands of customers makes Whisper 100 the top selling small wind turbine in its class. Assuming a 12 mph (5.4 m/s) average wind, a Whisper 100 will produce 100 kWh per month. The Whisper 200 provides dependable energy for remote...

A low wind-speed turbine: Air Breeze...

SmartWind offers the Air Breeze, a wind turbine that operates very quietly and efficiently in low wind speeds. It is used for battery charging applications like remote cabins, sailboats, communication towers and offshore platforms.

A wind turbine for battery-charging applications: ...

SmartWind offers the Air X, a very small wind turbine used for battery charging applications like remote cabins, sailboats, communication towers and offshore platforms. Here the Air X powers a rural home near Flagstaff, Arizona.

A backyard-sized wind turbine: Skystream 3.7...

SmartWind offers the Skystream wind turbine. Developed by Southwest Windpower in collaboration with the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab, the Skystream has unique curved blades for quiet operation. It is the first backyard-sized wind turbine that includes a built-in inverter and requires no external components. Depending on the wind resource, Skystream generates between 30-80% of the power required...

Types of towers for wind turbines...

Because wind speeds increase with height, a residential wind generator is mounted on a tower. The tower also raises the generator above the air turbulence that can exist close to the ground because of obstructions such as hills, buildings, and trees. Tower Height Your wind resource will be cleaner and stronger the higher you go. The taller your tower, the better your energy output. However, taller towers will increase...

Siting your wind turbine...

The ideal position for a wind generator is a flat open space with good wind from at least one direction (known as the prevailing wind direction), a coastline, or a smooth hill top with an open area in the prevailing wind. The wind speeds up significantly near the top of the hill and the air flow should be reasonably smooth and free from excessive turbulence. Excessive turbulence or "bad wind" causes fatigue damage...

Is a wind turbine right for me?...

Wind generators are an effective source of renewable energy in many areas across the world. The American Wind Energy Association estimates there are as many as 13 million homes in the United States with a viable wind resource. To make sure a small wind system is right for you, there are things to consider: You have at least 10 MPH (4.5 m/s) average wind speed. Best results at 12 MPH (5.4 m/s) or more. Your property...