New rooftop turbine to improve residential wind energy
The size of wind turbines has typically kept them from being a viable source of energy for apartments and other residences, but thanks to a new development, a tiny turbine may be able to provide clean, renewable energy to homes.
Gizmodo reports that McCamley MT01 Mk2 was designed to be used specifically in dense, urban areas such as New York City, where millions of people could benefit from wind power. The new device can generate electricity on winds as slow as two meters per second, well below what it takes to power a full-sized turbine.
"The traditional wind farm models are just not effective and are certainly not suitable for urban environments." Scott Elliott, CEO of McCamley UK Ltd, stated. "This leaves a huge gap in the market where businesses, residential blocks and other organizations could be benefiting from clean energy."
Elliot added that he believes the new turbine could potentially be "the new face" of the wind energy sector. The turbine is available in 12 kilowatt models as well as bigger megawatt designs.
The U.S. wind energy market is growing every year, and in the first quarter of 2012, 1,695 megawatts of wind power capacity were installed, according to the American Wind Energy Association.