There is now a list of wind turbines that are currently approved for the microgeneration certification scheme (MCS) here. These are only ‘transitional’ approvals though.
They are the lucky ones that are eligible for Grants and Feed in Tariffs.
Most of them seem to be Ampairs!
But there are some Provens in there, and one of them is a newcomer. Before they have even got the 15 kW working, they have got certification for a 35 kW (is it?) or what. No, a quick inspection of the Proven web page reveals that the 15 kW has been re-badged as the 35 (The 2.5 is now the 3.2kW and has been rebadged the 7, the 6 kW is now called the 11. Simple, isn’t it.)
Among the verticals there is a new name ‘Vertical Wind Energy‘. This is one to watch, I am told. Hmm.
Renewable devices have not been Swift enough to get listed this time in spite of all their considerable BS.
All the usual suspects, Eoltec, Iskra(Evance) and Gaia wind are there, I am pleased to see.
And a newcomer from the Chinese direction(?) called Evoco have got themselves on the list too.
There has been a fair bit of controversy about the MCS approval process largely stirred up by Mr.Stephen Tasker of Hymoto. Nobody seems to understand the process or where it is going but it has received the endorsement of a large group of BWEA members in the form of a letter of support signed by representatives of 85% of the small wind industry worldwide (according to BWEA calculations.) That’s the same BWEA that has a Swift turbine on a rooftop in pride of place on its web page and will take money from anyone and give them credibility, because that’s what they have to sell. So their endorsement and calculations don’t prove much to me.
With Feed it Tariffs due to start in April, this show will be fun to watch in the next few months! Who will make it past the transitional phase, and will the process be successful in filtering out the nonsense products, or will it just be another bandwagon gravy train for the bureaucrats? Time will tell.