Generate Horizontal wind generation
Horizontal wind turbines are mounted on large towers and are the most commonly seen turbines.
They have a main rotor shaft and generator at the top and the turbine blade points into the wind similar to an aeroplane propeller. The top of the turbine rotates so it can catch the correct wind direction so these turbines need very strong foundations, They are also very large in size and can be noisy.
If you wish to install a conventional horizontal wind turbine you will need a large clear piece of land. The site must benefit from good local wind speeds and ideally not have any obstacles such as tall buildings, trees or hills near it.
Horizontal wind generation Advantages
- Wind power is a free clean energy source.
- You can generate wind power all year round and 24 hours a day.
- Wind power can reduce a householders CO2 emissions.
- Once a wind turbine has been constructed and installed it requires very little maintenance.
- Wind turbines can be built on a large or small scale suiting all types and sizes of property.
- Wind turbine systems can be connected to the national grid so you can sell back any surplus electricity that you do not use.
Horizontal wind generation Disadvantages
- The capital and installation costs for a wind turbine system can be quite high.
- If you wish to have a horizontal turbine system fitted you will need a large space to house it.
- You will need to undertake a professional wind speed assessment for a full year before having a wind turbine system fitted.
- Wind turbines can generate noise and shadows and not everybody likes them so you may encounter local opposition to your plans.
- All wind turbines require planning permission.
- Your site will need to have no tall buildings, trees, hedges or large hills obstructing your turbine.
You can get grants for Horizontal wind generation, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.