Let me begin by saying that I never thought I would be writing blog post #100. When Equity Green went live last December, I never thought there would be enough green content to post everyday. As you know, that's not the case. It seems like 2007 is the year for green. It is really starting to take off and be a hot topic of conversation. Thanks for everyone's support and I look forward to continued interaction over the next 100 posts and beyond.
Aeroturbines are being developed for urban settings. They were invented by University of Illinois industrial design professor Bil Becker. According to their website and press releases, the aeroturbines are best installed 40 feet in the air (where wind is at least 10 mph) so as to take advantage of stronger winds. The aeroturbine can be designed and implemented into the structure of a building...adding to its architectural appeal, thus the name Aerotecture.
The turbines are noise and vibration free, safe for birds, can utilize multi-directional winds, self-regulating, low-maintenance, and made from lost-cost materials. I have attached a video below of some guys setting up a aeroturbine and the thing started spinning before it even got off the ground. The music is a bit corny but check out the video.
The turbines can be stacked in either vertical, horizontal or diagonal directions. The models they are currently developing can also be integrated with solar panel systems. They are currently in development but are expected to have aeroturbines available for mass distribution by mid-2007, which is pretty close. There will be two models available (510V and 520H) ranging from $15,000 to $21,000. But that number should drop assuminng production takes off and they are mass produced. I personally like the look of the aeroturbine when they are stacked on their side. They look pretty futuristic.
Check out the video...its pretty cool.