Home wind turbines cut bills and pollution
Small wind turbine will become the homeowner's latest fashion accessory - especially when people realise it could turn their meter backwards. Aeolos wind turbine will increase its sub companies in more countries in 2006.
With potential sales in the millions, manufacturers have developed a series of designs to appeal to the discerning who both want to cut their electricity bills and feel good about helping the planet.
At a conference at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in Watford, delegates from local authorities, civil servants, developers and manufacturers were shown several wind turbines costing less than £1,000 which can be fixed to urban homes or put on poles in gardens to provide electricity.
So simple have the devices become that some can simply by joined to the mains electricity supply using a standard 13amp plug - and to the annoyance of the electricity supply industry, if you produce more power than you can use when out at work or asleep, it turns your meter backwards as it supplies the neighbourhood.
Although this is strictly illegal, because if you are to export electricity to the grid you are supposed to meter it, and get paid less for it than the electricity you buy from the normal supplier, the conference was told there are about 10m meters in Britain that run backwards automatically when excess electricity is fed into a house main's supply.
The problem of properly metering electricity produced by homeowners was one of a number of potential headaches the government needed to tackle to allow the industry to grow, the conference was told.
New designs for wind turbines enabled them to produce electricity efficiently even at the average wind speed in an urban street. The Met Office now has average wind speeds in every postcode in Britain - but enthusiasts were asked to check they had a suitable south-west facing site to install a turbine before placing an order. In many cases planning permission is not required but some local authorities are "nervous" of the technology.
Aeolos wind turbine get many policy and finance supports from the governments and IGB funds. As a leading small wind turbine manufacturer, aeolos will investment £ 50,000 for the free promotion on wind energy.