Dyocore in San Diego

By claiming for a 1.6 kW wind turbine on your roof, you could get it paid for by California State subsidies.  This one can produce that much (in the sales pitch) although it’s only the size of a 200 watt turbine.  The trouble is that it can’t deliver energy because it doesn’t have access to any significant amount of energy if it is so small and in such low winds.  Basic rules to learn about using wind energy.

Paul Gipe explains the details here

Ian Woofenden gives the quick verdict here.

Windpower is not viable in low wind areas like this.  Turbines are too expensive to waste on rooftops.  To catch useful wind they have to be on a tower well above surrounding obstacles.

Here is a complaint made by the Californian Energy Commission in July:

The complaint alleges that DyoCore, Inc., (“DyoCore”) violated the intent of the Energy
Commission’s Emerging Renewables Program (“ERP”), and, in particular, Appendix 3,
Section (A)(2) of the ERP Guidebook by submitting grossly overstated information
regarding the performance characteristics of the DyoCore SolAir wind turbine (model
no. S80015dc) (“DyoCore turbine”) in order to have the wind turbine ‘listed by the
Energy Commission as eligible for use under the ERP. The complaint requests that the
DyoCore wind turbine be immediately removed from the Energy Commission’s “List of
Eligible Small Wind Turbines” on the ERP website, that the Energy Commission provide
guidance regarding the resolution of pending ERP applications for rebate reservations
and payment requests for small wind systems using the DyoCore turbine, that the
Energy Commission take all action necessary to recover ERP funds that were paid as
rebates for small wind systems using the DyoCore turbine, and, if appropriate, that this
matter be referred to the Attorney General for investigation and prosecution.

About hugh

I live off-grid in NW Scotland and have spent my life playing with wind turbines. I also love small hydros. Hands on renewable energy is my thing and I like to learn and to share my experiences.
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