Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?

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Danux
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Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?

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Anyone research wind turbines for off grid? I've been searching for reputable builders that make durable products, but all I'm really finding are upstart foreign things, big claims and said claims disputed. My head is swimming ATM...

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Clarence

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Been consIdering wind as well. If I do invest in a remote site, it will have as many multiple sources as possible
Sailboats use them all the time for low demand equipment. Here is a link.

Have no direct experience with them but most decent sized boat of thirty five feet or more usually had one. Some larger then others but down in the st Lawrence river and thousand islands I always noticed them spinning away.

Put a few up and help whatever solar one has. How well they would operate in the winter with snow and freezing rain, is something to look into.

Anyone have experience with them on land?
Danux
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Not seeing the link,but I'm guessing it is one of those smaller 400W (or less) ones? I seem to recall that they need a pretty stiff breeze to generate any kind of power close to their rated output. Wind does seem like an important part of off-grid in winter. Personally, I think the ability to harvest a blizzard's energy, is probably worth the expenditure.
Clarence

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2000 watt ( that’s two thousand).
So three of them along with an over sized solar and battery system would help keep the lights on :ugeek:
Danux
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What is the manufacturer? Know anything about them?
Clarence

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Nature power.
https://www.amazon.com/stores/node/5001 ... 5001716011

Know zip about them. If I do this, I will go to some major sail bot manufacturers to find out what they sell
Danux
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When I was researching small wind, it seemed that two manufacturers in the USA had been at it for a while. Missouri Wind and Solar, and another whose name escapes me ATM. Bergey was also in there, but quite a bit more coin. The name "Hugh Piggott" came up a lot, when I was looking at them, also.
Clarence

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Thanks, will look into them and learn more. Still noodling on a side, size $$
Danux
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I am in kinda the same position. It makes sense to augment solar with wind, but the lack of reputable + affordable small wind has left me in a state of analysis paralysis. I suspect, in the end, it'll come down to rolling the dice on a cheap Chinese/Indian product from whatever company of the moment is selling them, hope that it is well-made - or at least can be rendered good once I've received it.

Personally, I'm fixated with the VAWT design, would prefer to go that route even if it is less efficient than a horizontal prop, but there are even fewer choices when it comes to VAWTs. Thought I'd found a winner with the Kelso VAWT (Manitoba), but the quote was astronomical, and acquaintances have used words like "kook" and "scam" after meeting the manufacturer. A company called "Tumo Int" was selling a VAWT that was suspended on a maglev (possibly even a magnetic bearing), for a while on Amazon, I kinda regret not jumping on one of those when they were still available - it's how I would want to build one.

I also question if it is wiser to put up two or three smaller ones, rather than a single large turbine. My spot is mostly low-speed wind, though, so to capture any usable energy, I think I need the larger swept area of a higher-output turbine; make minimal power in "normal" wind, and capture whatever I can during blizzards & storms.

A family member living off-grid has just solar, and a small gas generator, won't go near wind. Fires the gen maybe three times a year, tells me he thinks wind simply isn't worth the hassle - too much maintenance/effort, too expensive up front, too fragile etc. Carbon power seems like a good option to have, but I still prefer the idea of being able to power my pack without having to rely on a market-supplied fuel source.

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Clarence

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I have zero experience with them, but I do know sailers to be generally frugal / cheap, so I can’t see them spending money with no return.

Having had a nice gasoline cruiser, I know that the quality of hardware, systems..can be really good. If and when I build another location, I will certainly be heading down to marine shops to buy electronic components, if things are built for salt water, high humidity, top notch sealing for water, sun/ crack resistant plastics...I think that this is a good way to go. Not cheap by any standards, but even if one doesn’t have the coin, I would still recommend looking into how things are built, wired...to get ideas. Maintenance on a boat is also an issue, little space to work in, so again, it would be worth while looking into how things are made so you can cut down on grief in puttling things apart.

I live in an area that does get some good winds coming down the valley so they may work, especially during those overcast windy winter days, when solar isn’t going to cut the mustard.

https://www.sailmagazine.com/diy/know-h ... generators

https://www.sailmagazine.com/diy/how-to ... -generator

https://www.leadingedgepower.com/marine ... 35541.html

https://www.westmarine.com/buy/nature-p ... ecordNum=2

https://globotools.com/best-wind-genera ... sailboats/
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