Vertical axis in decline

The MCS approved list of small wind turbines includes 31 models, but none of them are vertical axis any more.

Quiet Revolution QR5, the darling of the architects, is no longer listed there.  Instead the company have quietly shifted to marketing a chinese machine, the Hy5

A news story about the quiet revolution turbine “£48k wind turbine creates £5 of power a month”.  Bad siting of poorly chosen technology has proved another huge embarrassment for the wind industry once again. Mick Sagrillo’s comment: “So, what’s your problem?  It’s a VAWT.  They don’t need tall towers or exposed sites, remember?”

Meantime James Alan Rowan of Mag-Wind has been indicted for his fraudulent activities around vertical axis hype and nonsense.

But there is still a lot of vertical axis hype around on the web, and people still seem to love it.

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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