Ever larger wind turbines and farms, energy-generating kites or turbines without blades are in the news on an almost daily basis. Still, many people have no idea that large generators are not the only kind of wind energy converters available today.
Ever since the first wind turbines came into service, there have been companies and inventors creating smaller turbines to power pumps, heaters and residential buildings. But since wind energy generation is all about height and size, those smaller turbines with their considerably lower yield have not found a wider use -- with one exception: Germany.
Due to the high energy prices in Germany, private energy generation has grown exponentially making private solar and wind energy plants a familiar sight there. Having said this, one can understand why it is Germany that the next big step in private energy generation might be coming from -- a private wind turbine that everyone can afford.
About three of these neat little devices named 'Breezergy' would be capable of powering a whole single-family house. Of course, one would still need the public grid for times with high loads or low winds, but the system is easy to use and to understand. From the time the turbine has been plugged into the wall, any electricity needed in the building will be generated by the turbine. Only if the turbine does not generate sufficient power, the grid will provide the missing energy. Since modern photo-voltaic plants work just the same way, this kind of energy generation is known to most any experienced installer.
What really sets this turbine apart are its metal blades, which are actually made of aerospace aluminium instead of plastics. This patented technology provides for yet unknown stiffness and durability of this vital turbine part. At the same time, the proven production process ensures low costs, making the Breezergy turbine available at $549. At this pricing, it would be the most affordable turbine ever built in regular production.
It appears that there might finally be a chance for private households to generate their own electricity not only in sunny weather, but during night and storms as well. With its patented technology and its remarkably simple design, the Breezergy could just be what many homeowners are looking for.