Small Wind Power Gets Closer to Consumer


Sauer Energy, one of the leading companies in the small wind segment, is getting its product closer to the consumer after striking 25 distribution deals for its WindCharger wind turbine, a vertical axis unit to generate wind power on a small scale.

WindCharger only requires a wind speed of five miles per hour, or two meters per second to generate wind power atop residences and commercial buildings.

Sauer Energy said it is now in the process of selecting applications for regional distributors across North America. The company said response has been encouraging and demand has been stronger than it had anticipated.

Article by Antonio Pasolini, a Brazilian writer and video art curator based in London, UK. He holds a BA in journalism and an MA in film and television.

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  1. all you journalists that write about how great small wind is should do some follow up with actual installations and “satisfied” customers. for one thing; installing wind turbines on a building, whether vertical or horizontal axis, is not a good idea…ever. another point of fact is that there are not many happy campers of those who are purchasing small wind turbines….unfortunately…whether on a building or not. there are alot of issues with people hawking small wind equipment that do not know what they’re doing and selling equipment that simply does not stand up long term to extreme environments…certified or not.

    point is you should follow up with end users.

  2. The idea of small wind turbines on roofs is seductive: energy autonomy, no need to put up big wind turbines in the “unspoiled” country side etc. And every time some start-up company brings a new, or seemingly new, design to the market, a lot of naive journalists hail the product.

    Reality is different. The average wind speed in cities and towns is low, and turbulence too high. In most cases the energy needed to produce the micro wind turbines is not even recuperated.

    I hate to break the news to you, but to efficiently use wind energy, you have to go big.