Helix Wind Asset Sale

The company’s largest creditor is requiring that the assets of Helix Wind Corp and Helix Wind Inc, both Nevada Corporations, be sold via a public auction held at the company’s office on May 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time

It should not surprise us that this very inefficient design of turbine should ultimately end as a financial failure after all of the hype has been exposed and the customers have had their expectations unfulfilled.

With a cut-in speed of 5 m/s they recommend it be placed on a 15 foot tower in sites with mean windspeed 7 m/s but at the same time they recommend urban rooftop mounting.  The wind resource on urban rooftops is generally quite poor.  It’s a nice ornament, but at $17,500 USD it’s well over-priced.

Both vertical axis designs and rooftop siting are foolish ideas that have cost a lot of people a lot of grief and brought the small wind industry into unnecessary disrepute.

Example misinformation from Helix website:

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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6 Responses to Helix Wind Asset Sale

  1. Roger Brown says:

    Very good commentary!

    These helix devices are very inefficient to be sure, but they are way more visually pleasing than most VAWTs.

    Most other types of power generating systems can be somewhat shielded from public view, so it doesn’t really matter so much what they look like, but that obviously isn’t so with a wind turbine for functional reasons.

    In order to have greater and quicker mass approval of wind turbines in urban settings, designs are going to have to be ornamental and probably always less efficient.

    • admin says:

      Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess. That thing looks like a fairground ride to me. I love to look at big, 3-bladed wind turbines doing their stuff and so do a lot of other people. Urban wind ornaments are a waste of resources and I find them ridiculous.

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