The Honeywell Wind Turbine’s Blade Tip Power System (BTPS) replaces the traditional gear box, shaft and generator of current wind turbine technology. The gearless Blade Tip System creates a “free wheeling’’ turbine, generating energy from the blade tips (where the speed lies) rather than through a mechanical center gear. By practically eliminating mechanical resistance and drag, the Wind Turbine creates significant energy (2000 kWh/yr in class 3 Winds)(Average Kwh USA electric rates in 2009 are $.12 which equals $240) operating in a greater range of wind speeds (2-42 mph/3-68 km/h) than traditional wind turbines. The highest output, lowest cost per kWh installed turbine ever made. This first BTPS is called the WT6000.
Traditional turbines rarely start turning before 7.5 mph (12 km/h) and shutdown by 29 mph (47 km/h) to protect their mechanical systems. This BTPS system charges as low as 2 mph winds and the nylon blades furl (roll up) at 45 mph winds.
The Honeywell Wind Turbine’s Power Blade System creates energy at the blade tips, rather than through a central gear and rotor used in most turbine technology. By eliminating the resistance of a central gear and shaft, significant efficiencies are gained in cost and energy output. The Honeywell Wind Turbine is less expensive to own and operate while generating energy across a broader range of wind speeds (wind classes).
The Honeywell/WindTronics Wind Turbine measures just 6 feet (182 cm) in diameter and weighs 170 lbs (77kg) providing 18 % of an average household’s (DOE) energy needs.
Plans are to retail the WT6000 in late 2009 at ACE Hardware for $4500 which includes smart box and inverter(change to AC voltage). This price does not include any installation kits. As of October 2009 a check of ACE website at http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3800670 says..
"This item will be sold IN-STORE ONLY, so check your local Ace for availability starting January 2010"
Enclosed Blade Tip Power System
Wide Wind Acceptance Angle
Acoustic Noise Emissions < 35dB
Tip to Tip Blade Dimension 5.7’ (170 cm)
170 lbs ( 77.2 kg)
120 AC 60 Hz
220 AC 50 Hz (May 2010)
2.2 KW Plate Power
< 2mph (3 km) Cut in Speed, Shut down 42mph (67.5 km)
Renewable Electric Generation 2000 kWh/yr - Class 3 Winds
Renewable Electric Generation 2500 kWh/yr. Class 4.
(D.O.E. average US household electric 10,000 kWh/yr).
Smart Box Control System (includes)
Optimal Power Transfer Controller
True Sine Wave Inverter
Battery Power Management System
Wind Direction & Speed Measurement Control System
Standard RS485 Communication Port