A few decades ago it may have seemed a bit ludicrous to actually assume that your personal home could be used as a power generation station that can supply you and even your surrounding area with your own electricity if developed properly. Today, with the growing interest in wind turbine technology and its applications, however, millions of people worldwide are seeking out personal residential wind turbines for their own usage at home or elsewhere.
Residential wind turbines come in a number of different shapes and sizes and can be purchased in order to meet your specific needs. While it’s true that for many larger-scale turbines many city and state governments have regulations in place about how and where they can be set to operate in order to ensure the safety of those in the general area this does not necessarily apply to all small-scale personal wind turbines that can operate from the comfort of your home, be they placed on your roof or a small patch of lawn in front of or behind your house.
Residential wind turbines are most often found in two primary different types: horizontal axis wind turbines and vertical axis wind turbines. Horizontal axis wind turbines resemble the traditional idea of a windmill in which the blades rotate like a fan as they catch the wind to produce power and transfer it into a conversion unit. These are quite common in many people have actually taken up the hobby of producing them on their own to help supply for their electrical needs. While these turbines are easy to produce and can help provide many people with basic electrical support in a number of different areas they can be both dangerous and difficult to operate due to their sheer size and construction.
Vertical axis wind turbines on the other hand are a slightly different design that allows for the effective utilization of more air current that horizontal axis wind turbines previously couldn’t handle as efficiently. Vertical axis wind turbines operate by being placed upon a central base access that then allows the turbine to rotate around like a top. As the wind catches the blades the turbines spin upon the central pivot point and does not need to change position or rotate direction in order to catch the wind and produce power. Because these generally have a smaller area of operation than horizontal axis turbines the installation of vertical axis turbines can be done in a larger number of areas such as personal residential roofs and even various skyscrapers and cities around the world. Because vertical axis wind turbines allow more flexibility in placement and can produce larger amounts of electricity more easily than horizontal axis turbines they’ve quickly become a primary point of interest for many people and have greatly grown in popularity over the past few years.
Many companies nowadays are offering both vertical and horizontal wind axis turbines specifically for residential usage and provide access to people in countries worldwide the ability to purchase these if they wish and install them at their home or other locations as they see fit. The presence of residential wind turbines is expected to rise throughout the world in 2010 and although these have been more popular and common in Europe up till now it is expected that their popularity will spread to other countries such as the United States soon.
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