How does it work?


Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts.
Webinar: Electrical considerations and requirements for on-grid personal wind turbines

Attention dealers! Join us for a free webinar, May 19, to learn about on-grid turbine installment considerations and requirements:

Who: This training is intended for small wind turbine installers, utility company representatives, AHJ permitting officials, and inspectors. Read more »

Will wind work for you? Look beyond average wind speed

Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts.

Contrary to popular belief, average wind speed should not be a deciding factor in figuring out if wind is right for you. To determine what turbine model, if any, is most appropriate for your needs, there are two questions you should ask: Read more »

The Basics: Essential parts of a wind turbine

Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts.

In general, personal wind turbines are made up of a rotor, generator or alternator mounted on a frame, a tail (sometimes), a tower, wiring and “balance of system” components that include: controllers, inverters and/or batteries. Read more »

Deconstructed: How wind turbines work

Though the basic mechanics of the old-fashioned windmill are still present in the engineering of a personal wind turbine, time and technology have created a more efficient and effective machine. In our “How does it work?” series, we will discuss the ins and outs of how wind turns into watts.

On the Science Channel’s series "Deconstructed" scientists broke down how wind turbines use the power of the wind to generate energy. Check it out: Read more »