for the SouthEast
Wind is a great source to produce energy from. The first practical windmills were the vertical-axis windmills invented in eastern Persia in the 9′th century. They have progressed over the years and all over the world for pumping water or grinding grains and now for producing electricity. While the Southern US is not recognized for its wind resources our coastal areas are a completely different story. Alabama’s Gulf Coast has tremendous wind recourses year round. Hotels, Condo’s, Restaurants and Homeowners that are close to the beach will benefit immediately from today’s smaller more efficient wind turbines.
Horizontal – Axis Wind Turbines
Traditional Small horizontal wind turbines have capacity ratings from 1 to 10 kilowatts (kW), can produce power for a residential home, farm, small business, school or church and have been around for years. They start as small as 36″ in diameter are available in 3 or 5 blade configurations and are starting to show up in retailers like Northern Tool and Harbor Freight. A word of caution, with some of these smaller cheaper Axial Wind Turbines, the additional cost of mounting poles, guide wires, annual maintenance along with increased wind speed requirements ( 15 + MPH ) are frustrating owners and turning them off to Wind powers great benefits.
ASAE’s Small Wind Solutions are a welcome change to the Wind industry. With improved technology and fewer moving parts they now have better power production, lower startup speeds ( 6+ mph ) along with reduced weight, varied mounting solutions, Grid and Off Grid applications, longer production life, lower maintenance requirements and a bigger WOW Factor. Call or email us to see if ASAE’s Small Wind Solutions will work for you.
Vertical Wind Turbines
Vertical Wind Turbines are growing in popularity and have some advantages over traditional Axial wind turbines. First their overall wind speed requirements are much lower, 4 MPH vs 15 MPG. Second, while taking up less space they can be mounted in a variety of places such as on the roof of a condo building or business, a pole in a parking lot or yard. Next, they can be more adaptable to changing wind directions and not stall. With the newer permanent magnet generator, Vertical turbines are quieter, with less wear and tear meaning longer performance and cheaper cost of ownership. Like their counterparts, vertical wind turbines come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. They start as small as 40″ tall and 22″ across with power generation capacity ranging from 1 to 10 KW. Many can be customized with graphics and logos of your business or Association and the WOW factor and reduced electricity costs is an incredible value.
ASAE’S UNIQUE SMALL WIND SOLUTIONS
Here in the south, with older traditional wind solutions, wind power has been challenging at best. Today, with more efficient Axial and Vertical Wind Turbines, there are numerous unique applications that are proving themselves far more efficient and practical. ASAE has taken the best of both technologies and has created different and unique solutions. Below, is a list of growing examples where ASAE’s Small Wind Solutions are making sense.
Some manufacturing facilities have high levels of wind waste which is vented to the outside. With some simple modifications, ASAE’s Small Wind Solutions can capture that wind waste and produce electricity that can be easily used on site or fed back to the grid.
Chicken and pig farms use very large fans 24 hrs a day to ventilate their buildings. ASAE’s Small Wind Solutions can capture that exhaust wind and generate electricity that can be fed right back in to the farms electrical system reducing their electricity bill .
OIL RIGS AND OFF-SHORE PLATFORMS
With an inexhaustible supply of wind, ASAE Small Wind Systems will produce a continuous supply of energy. It can allow for auxiliary and emergency power needs in addition to maintaining daily functions.
Ships create an optimum use for ASAE Small Wind Systems. Ships power through the air, thus creating an infinite supply of wind. Our systems can be mounted throughout the superstructure to produce continuous supplementary energy to offset fuel consumption or for emergency use. Various candidates include tankers, cruise ships, cargo ships and military vessels.
All sizes of islands are extremely dependent upon fuel feed generators. Our ASAE Small Wind System is ideal for remote uses and can withstand various conditions.
* Flexibility in various locations
* Ease of installation
* Strong and durable
* Minimal maintenance
* Withstand harsh environment
Using a ASAE Small Wind System can supplement the need for fuel generators.
Potential uses include:
* Ranger Stations
* Remote train stations
* U.S. Coast Guard and Naval Stations
ASAE Small Wind Systems can be attached to any ground structural building.
* Single-Family Residence
* Backup power
* Power can be re-injected into grid for revenue
* Remote areas can have the benefit of a higher level of service
End-of-the-line ASAE Small Wind System is a micro power station attached to a number of homes and to the power grid.
* Maintain normal services
* No power lost to impurities in the transmission
* Excess power re-injected into grid for revenue
Commercial buildings provide an ideal opportunity for using ASAE’s Small Wind Systems. There are literally thousands of high-rise buildings located on every continent. The high-rise structures are unique in that their presence creates an artificial upward draft along their face during the day and wind blows across their top at night.
* High-rise structures
COMMUNICATION TOWERS – FCC
Various towers have special requirements to provide 24/7 365 days per year illumination (FAA Aircraft). These towers require fuel and generators to operate. ASAE Small Wind systems can easily be installed on any tower. Examples of uses include cellular carriers, state and local fire, police and emergency towers.
* Tower lights
* Emergency power/backup
TALL BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES
Bridges present a unique opportunity to convert wind energy into electricity. They have requirements to maintain electricity for use as navigational lights, water and air traffic. Because of their hardened design, high output and small size, our Small Wind Systems can be mounted on any infrastructure.
* Emergency conditions – Power outages
* Backup power for pumping stations, tunnels, rest stops, maintenance stations, toll plazas, inspection facilities, etc.
ELECTRIC HYBRID AUTOMOBILES ( EV’S )
ASAE has a concept design in which our Small Wind System would enable a charging system to be incorporated into any electric car charging station.These hybrid automobiles rely solely on an electric motor rather than a gasoline engine. Together with a controller, technically known as electrochemical energy conversion device, they can get their power from an array of renewable sources and rechargeable batteries. Our Small Wind System will extend the mileage driven and save on recharging per kilowatt.
ASAE knows that the future is already here. We must act now and adapt to all of its demands. With the world depleting energy in record amounts, we must use what is at hand. Wind energy can be harnessed and converted into electricity in ways most have never dreamed. ASAE Small Wind Systems will work in harmony with other renewable concepts already in play.
Frequently asked Questions
Below are a few of the more commonly asked questions about Wind turbines.
Q. What about payback?
A. Far and away the most common question we are asked is “What is the payback period?” It is important that our customers understand what it is they are really asking. Each turbine installation is unique. The variable in wind speed alone can have a dramatic effect on the payback period. When you also account for the wide range in energy costs across the country, peak and off peak pricing, factoring in whether you plan on storing energy during off peak pricing periods and drawing from storage during peak pricing periods -the calculations can become formidable. The most important part of the equation is often overlooked –
You are installing a power plant with a useful life in excess of twenty years. Your fuel cost for the life of the power plant will be ZERO.
When you consider that fossil fuel prices are almost certainly going to rise you realize that payback typically accelerates over the life of an installation. For this reason, payback projections are often longer than actual results
Q. Can we see the output records online.
A. Traditionally, turbine installations produced data on site only but newer software that is changing, allowing data to be seen offsite.
Q Do you guarantee, maintain and service / repair your units?
A. Most wind turbines are warranted to five (5) years with extended warranty and service coverage available at additional cost.
Q. Can you provide a typical installation cost and time to payback?
A. Each installation is unique because there are many factors as wind resource, turbine mounting, whether the turbine will be part of a “hybrid” renewable system incorporating solar, geothermal, and demand side management such as building control systems and LED lighting. When we further consider the range in energy prices across regions and the wind variable, we see that essentially every single installation has unique aspects that affect the economics.
One of the few constants is that, over the entire life cycle of your power plant your fuel cost will be zero.
Q. What are the costs? What are the payback schedules for the various units at a particular kwh price?
A. Please contact us for additional information regarding costs, payback schedules and power curves.
Q. Can I power my whole house with a Wind turbines?
A. Many factors will determine if this is possible; the first is your wind resource. Next would be your electricity consumption or “electrical load”. ASAE can help you identify how much power you can save annually.
Q. Can I tie a turbine into my existing solar array and save money on the installation?
A. It’s possible to integrate a wind turbine into an existing photovoltaic and save on equipment and installation costs. We have incorporated our turbines into existing PV arrays with great success. HOWEVER, ASAE cannot guarantee equipment and/or installation(s) by other manufacturers or installers. .
Q. Aren’t wind turbines noisy?
A. Tests show no perceptible increase in noise levels in normal background conditions.
Q. What are the incentives for wind in my state?
A. Incentives vary from state to state, county to county and utility to utility. Call or email ASAE and we will help you identify what incentives you may qualify for.
Q. Will I have a problem getting a permit to install a turbine?
A. Zoning regulations vary from area to area and generally aren’t written with Small Wind in mind. The American Wind Energy Association website has information on their web site answering some of those questions but the best way is to let ASAE work with your local permitting office to make sure your application is designed and installed to exceed all code requirements.