A 5 kW wind turbine
Blades are forced to rotate by the wind which drives an electric generator. Turbines need to be placed where there are persistent strong winds. Domestic system range from 1 kW to 6 kW. Sheltering from buildings and trees will have a big impact on efficiency, so choosing a good site and testing wind levels is crucial.
The UK has the best wind resource in Europe, an asset that has the potential to provide a considerable proportion of the UK energy market in years to come. Together with several innovative manufacturers, the UK has a chance of becoming a world leader in small wind energy technologies. The DTI estimates that by 2050, up to 30-40% of UK’s electricity generation could be produced by small and microgeneration technologies, including 6% from small wind energy generation. Small scale renewable energy technologies such as small wind turbines generate clean and renewable energy with no harmful emissions and can thus help reduce a significant proportion of the UK’s CO2 emissions.
See our page on Financial support for energy saving and generation. The section on that page relevant to this technology is the one on the Feed-in Tariff.
Have a look at our information on choosing an installer if you plan to install this technology.
For local case studies that have a wind turbine follow the links below
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