Southwest Windpower revealed its most recent and most efficient wind turbine, which could lead to thousands of windpowered homes and businesses across the world.
The Skystream 600, the smallest most efficient turbine to date, was unveiled at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Southwest Windpower, the world’s leading supplier of distributed wind generators, received the support of General Electric for the Skystream 600.
According to the released specs, the Skystream 600, can supply up to 80 percent of the energy required to operate an average home. The turbine produces about 74 percent more energy for residential and commercial than any of its predecessors. It has the capability to produce on average about 7,400 kWh of clean energy each year, per household with wind speeds of about 12 mph, which will reduce electric bills. Dixon Thayer, Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Windpower said, “By reducing electric bills, Skystream 600 helps provide affordable independence and stability to users while producing clean energy that won’t hurt the environment.”
Engineers at Southwest Windpower incorporated several changes earlier turbines were lacking, causing inefficiency in production of energy. Thayer explained, “Through multiple upgrades—including larger blade design, enhanced software and an improved integrated inverter—Skystream 600 provides users with a more efficient and affordable small wind system.”
Skystream 600, set to be released in March 2011, is the first completely smart grid-enabled wind turbine available for public purchase. The release of the Skystream 600 makes it easier for energy conscience consumers to utilize wind-generated electricity to power their homes and businesses. The state-of-the-art turbine interactivity features allow users to monitor the production of energy. Users can monitor from any location via internet access.