Currently, installations are going up in parts of western Europe... can't wait to bring these home.
Most home-scale wind generators are bigger, uglier, noisier, and suffer in the turbulent wind found at these lower altitudes. This little guy is a little bigger than a satellite dish, and cranks out some serious power for it's size. Each is rated to generate about 1.5Kw at 12 meters per second (almost 27mph). Three or four should power your home with the proper energy storage, but you'll need them a little higher than roof-top to get to those wind speeds around here. Probably 50-90ft pole would do.
These are made by Renewable Devices in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Check out some of the varieties available from Amazon (yes, I would make money on a purchase from this link... don't let that stop you from looking).
Personally, I love the idea of having one less key rattling in my pocket, and never fumbling around with an arm full of groceries trying to get the right key in hand to open the door. Just one quick swipe and you're in.
I'm a REALTOR®, so I have an interest in what's happening in home technology. When I find things that:
- I'd just love to have,
- I haven't seen before or
- I think you might not have seen
... I'll post them here. I'm also into all manner of gadgetry that don't necessarily qualify as "Home Tech"... please be forgiving: I love this stuff, and it's hard sometimes to see some of the amazing things going on in the world of technology and NOT get excited about it, and not share it. I'll try to strike a healthy balance of home tech and just really neat tech stuff.
Well... off we go! Thanks for joining me.