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micro wind turbine

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StealthGen wind micro turbine
A micro wind turbine is a very small wind turbine designed to provide electric power to a home or other local site for a variety of applications including:
  • AC power
  • DC direct supply to fluorescent lighting
  • DC supply for water heating
  • Battery charging (transport)
  • Hybrid ground source heat pump systems
  • Hybrid micro wind/ photovoltaic systems
Micro wind turbines are becoming rapidly more popular around the world. Especially when coupled with solar modules, they have already revolutionized living in remote homes off-the-utility grid. The increasing popularity of micro wind turbines has also opened up new applications previously considered off-limits to wind energy, such as charging electric fences and powering remote telephone call boxes, once the sole domain of solar cells.

Micro wind turbines have been around for decades for use on sailboats but gained increasing prominence in the 1990s as their broader potential for off-the-grid applications on land became more widely known. Over the next decade they promise to play a major role as a distributed energy resource.

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