Way back in 2009 we compiled a list of the top 3 residential vertical wind turbines which still to this day is one of the most popular posts on residential wind power. Four long years have passed since the initial post and we thought it only right that we update the information with the latest in residential vertical wind turbines for home use.
Traditionally when a wind turbine has been installed for home use most people have opted for the horizontal wind turbine – that is a three or four blade fan mounted on a horizontal axis to power their house. Vertical wind turbines which are otherwise known as a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) are becoming more common place in residential installations, and here are just a few reasons why:
Vertical Wind Turbine Benefits:
Unlike a horizontal wind turbine a vertical wind turbine does not have to be pointed into the wind to produce power. Being that the turbine is mounted on a vertical axis means that the blades will always be facing into the wind.
A vertical wind turbine does not require the gearbox and generator to be mounted high on the tower which means that the assembly can be mounted close to or on the ground which makes for easier access and maintenance.