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November 2011: BreezeBreaker – Micro Wind Turbines for Private Homes

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November 2011: BreezeBreaker – Micro Wind Turbines for Private Homes

It is now possible to reduce your electricity bill by installing a micro wind turbine onto your roof. In August 2011, FuSystems, a German wind turbine producer, launched the BreezeBreaker, which enables individuals to generate their own energy. One of the first micro wind turbines to launch in the German market, BreezeBreaker 800 is 90% stainless steel and the kit includes a 800 Watt-sized power plant as well as a 12,9 kg-generator that is protected against water, dust, sand, and UV rays. The two-bladed rotor is made from a light sheet of aluminum which provides the same functionality as a glass fiber reinforced plastics /carbon fiber reinforced plastics blade due to a patented “knicking technique” that allows FuSystems to knick the wing profile from a single sheet of metal. To prevent reflection from the sun and the “disco effect,” the wind turbine rotor has also been coated with a special kind of enamel. The turbine is designed in Germany and built in the U.S. by the Windstream Corporation in North Ferrisburg, Vermont, and in Germany by Kierey Metal Structures in Hannover, Lower Saxony. The BreezeBreaker has been tested at various German sites for more than two years and is expected to work for 25 years without any technical service. The estimated return on investment is eight to fourteen years, depending on the region where the turbine was installed.

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