Mar 052010
 
Two Secret Energy Turbine rooftop turbines via Gizmag

Two Secret Energy Turbine rooftop turbines via Gizmag

Few people would argue that having a rooftop wind turbine could help offset your power bills.

Your neighbors, however, might not appreciate the sight of a windmill on your roof, nor would they like the sound of its blades whistling through the air. Don’t give up on the idea yet, though, because British inventor Rupert Sweet-Escott has come up with a product that he claims addresses those problems. His Secret Energy Turbine (SET) looks like an ordinary chimney stack and is boasts almost completely silent operation.

The SET has vertically-mounted blades, and two opposing magnets to help keep it spinning. As the blades catch the wind and start to spin, they form an airfoil by means of boundary layers. These boundary layers are the same as the layer of air that moves over an airplane’s wings, and the result is a faster-turning turbine. The uneven current it generates gets organized by an electronic load controller, then fed into one or more battery packs for storage. From there, a sine wave inverter converts it to a regular household voltage, and you can use it for whatever you want.

So, just how much energy does the thing produce? It depends on how windy your area is, and the size of your turbine. The SET website has a chart showing approximate energy-generation for the three sizes, which is shown below.

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  2 Responses to “Secret Energy Turbine: rooftop wind power in stealth mode”

  1. I wish you guys would put a pic of the production version of my turbine, not keep using the first prototype. We are also selling our larger clock tower versions now.

    check out our latest stats and prices
    http://www.secretenergyturbine.com
    I`m offering a full 10year guarantee and we`ve got them operating worldwide now, from Europe to Japan and New Zealand, silenty contributing to our common goal of a cleaner planet.

    Also watch out for our new range of stoves and solar reflectors.

    • Rupert,

      Thanks for the updated information. We've changed the pic to the one on your products page.

      Best of luck – this looks like a most excellent approach!

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