News & Articles on Small & Household Size Wind Turbines

Small wind turbines encompass a broad range of wind turbines from micro turbines, to mini turbines, to household-size turbines. Wind turbines in these size classes may have power ratings from a few watts to dozens of kW. Internationally, this category includes wind turbines up to 15 meters (49 feet) in diameter. Wind turbines of this size may have power ratings from 50 to 100 kW.

While ducted or shrouded wind turbines and Vertical Axis Wind Turbines can be of any size, they are listed here because they are outside the mainstream of the commercial wind industry.

Alejandro Martinez Driving The Mounting Bolts On The Bergey 15. Note The Heating Elements Protruding From The Main Frame On The Bergey 15. These Are Used As A Dump Load To Control Stall.

Bergey 15 Installed in Tehachapi—New Era for Bergey

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Paul Gipe

Bruce Hatchett of Pacific Solar & Wind gave me a call a few weeks ago to tell me they were installing a Bergey 15 kW wind turbine in Tehachapi, wondering if I wanted to get some photos of it. “I don’t do that anymore,” I whined to Hatchett. “I have a full agenda playing with electric cars.”

Small Scale Renewables Sven Ruin

Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems A Review

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Paul Gipe

Small-Scale Renewable Energy Systems is a slim 210-page book on hybrid renewable projects by Swedish authors Sven Ruin and Göran Sidén.

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Airborne Wind Energy Company Closes Shop, Opens Patents

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Mark Anderson

This week, a 13-year experiment in harnessing wind power using kites and modified gliders finally closes down for good.

Struggling Distributed Wind Sector Eyes Role in Microgrids Market

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Justin Gerdes

Cheaper turbine models, possible demand from the growing microgrid market, and an intensifying focus on distributed energy resources in general may all contribute to putting some wind back in the sails of distributed wind companies — despite the obvious challenges ahead.

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Optiwind Demolition–The Fate of Many Revolutionary Wind Turbines

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Paul Gipe

In the research for his new book, Vaughn Nelson has been dredging up some amazing videos. (See Hywind Scotland Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Video.)

CEO Linked To Failed Wind Farm Indicted On Federal Wire Fraud, Money Laundering Charges

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Davis was CEO of Dragonfly Industries International, LLC, which sought to build a wind farm on 300 acres near in Elm Springs for electric power generation in 2015.