Energy from the sheer force of the Earth’s wind
With 40% of Europe’swind in the UK, now is the perfect time to make the most of this natural energy source.
Microwind turbines use large propeller-like blades to catch wind and convert it into energy. The blades are forced round by the wind, which drives the turbine. The stronger the wind is, the more electricity that’s produced by the turbine.
With 40% of Europe’s wind in the UK, now is the perfect time to make the most of this natural energy source.
In the UK, there are two main types of wind turbine that are installed in the home:
- Mast mounted microwind turbines are free-standing and positioned in a suitable location where they can catch the most wind. Their size is between 2.5kw and 6kw.
- Roof mounted turbines are generally smaller in size than the mast mounted. They’re installed on the roof of the household and are between 1kw and 2kw in size.
If you’re connected to the National Grid you can even sell excess energy. Also, as from April 1, 2010, you could be eligible to receive money for each unit of electricity generated.