Quick Guide to Wind Turbines

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WIND ENERGY CHECKLIST

Investing in wind is like any investment, it needs to be researched properly. We've created this brief guide to assist you in these first steps and we offer an initial "desktop" analysis for any location for free.

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Is Wind right for me?
The first question you should ask yourself is if installing a wind turbine is the right choice for you. The site is of ultimate importance when installing any wind system. Although there are some online sources that can help you estimate your wind speed, on a small scale wind varies greatly and these online sources may not be precise enough for your specific location. 
 
Where should I install?
The siting of a wind turbine is quite possibly the most important question you will face. Densely urban areas are not suitable for larger wind turbines, and at least 1 acre of land is advisable to ensure optimum siting of micro wind generators. All wind turbines work best in exposed locations, or when they’re positioned high enough to reduce turbulence caused by obstacles, or ground clutter, such as trees, buildings, poles, structures, high crops...
Because of the nature of wind, accessing higher wind speeds will result in much higher power production. In fact, if you managed to double your average wind speed, you would receive approximately 8 times more power!
Simply put, obstacles will negatively impact your wind turbine's performance, so it becomes imperative to position your wind turbine in a location and height where it will be above all nearby obstacles.
The prevailing wind in the UK is generally from the South West.
 
Desktop Analysis
We can initially "desktop" analyse your preferred site for feasibility, and if required, install an anemometer weather station at the favourable location. We specialise in small wind methodology; with extensive resources and using some of the best wind modelling techniques and computer simulations available, our team can offer an unbiased professional assessment of your site, for wind and solar.
 
Towers
The importance of the correct tower can be underestimated. Taller towers can bring real benefits: the higher up you can get the turbine, the higher the wind speeds and the lesser the turbulences. They might be more costly, but in most situations, they increase the return on investment.
There are various mounting options with wind turbines: guyed, self-supporting, hinged gin pole and ram operated folding monopoles. With sizes ranging from 7 m to 49 m, you can choose a tower height that suits your needs.
Access to wind is the key, though even lower bands of wind can be harvested with the right machine. Some of our customers can also install their wind turbine onto an existing structure such as a telecommunications tower. Our wind turbine towers are all manufactured in the UK, We can assist you through all these difficult questions and help you choose the best location and tower height
 
Grid Connection
 (This needs to be confirmed for the size of turbine being connected) The UK regulation requirements are:
For small systems (less than 16 amps per phase)
These should conform with Engineering Recommendation G83, which just requires the DNO to be notified. Our MCS Kestrel e400nb 3.5 kW falls under these regulations.
 
For larger or multiple systems
These should conform with G59/2, which requires prior approval from the DNO and also (at their discretion) the witnessing of the connection. Our Bergey 10kW machine falls under these regulations
For Eire, there are similar regulations, please enquire for more information.
 
Off-Grid connection
Please see our off-grid guides for further information, remember off-grid systems are also available for the UK Feed-in Tariffs.
If you require more advice, or would like us to conduct a free desktop wind assessment, our team will be happy to help, just contact us with your location!

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