Do Small Scale Wind Turbines Work

Small Scale Wind Turbines

We classify a small scale wind turbines as ones that are rated between 1 and 100 kw,  this relates to the peak power output of the turbine.  EnergyMyWay are approved installers of the Kingspan small scale wind turbine range which is available in 3kw and 6kw size.  Kingspan will be launching their 15kw turbine next summer.

As with all turbines, the key to where they are sited is directly related to whether or not they will produce enough electricity to make them viable.  You will need a minimum of an average wind speed of 4m/s for a small scale wind turbine.  To find your average wind speed, log onto the Energy Saving Trust website and enter your postcode.  Typically wind turbines are mast mounted and the higher the mast the faster the wind speed and the more electricity will be generated.

As a rule of thumb, if there is a building or obstruction sited up-wind of the turbine, then the turbine should be mounted on a mast either twice the height of the building or situated at a distance x10 the height behind the building or obstruction.


Small scale wind turbine


Small scale wind turbines can be very effective and generate a considerable amount of electricity, but care must be taken to site and install them correctly.  It is essential when carrying out an installation of a small scale wind turbine that the site is chosen well and planning constraints are taken into consideration.  Rooftop mounted turbines rarely work as there is generally too much turbulence from the building they are mounted on.

If you are interested in looking at having a small scale wind turbine installed then please contact EnergyMyWay and we will carry out an initial desktop of your assessment of your proposed site then we will arrange to visit and carry out a detailed site survey.

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James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.