The first question you should ask yourself is if installing a wind turbine is the right choice for you. Placement of your turbine, or “siting,” is of the utmost importance when deciding to install a small wind system. ULTRA offers full and unrivaled assistance in this area.
Although there are some online sources that help you estimate your local wind speed, wind varies greatly on a small scale and these online sources may not be relevant for your specific location. There are several ways we can better assist you! Our first suggestion is to contact ULTRA today and speak to one of our sales representatives.
Our experts deal with siting and planning issues every day, and they will be able to provide you with an estimate of how much energy a turbine may provide you. They can also help you determine the best site on your property, be it a roof, lawn, or remote location.
WHERE WILL I INSTALL MY WIND SYSTEM?
Siting the wind turbine is quite possibly the most important task you will face because higher wind speeds result in much higher power production rates: double the average wind speed and you would receive 8-times more power!
ULTRA offers multiple mounting options for our wind systems. Most of our customers will choose a tower installation [23’ (7 meter), 43’ (13 meter), 66’ (20 meter), and 100’ (33 meter) options]. Some of our customers will opt for a roof installation.
Obstacles will negatively impact the performance of your wind turbine, so it is imperative to position the turbine where it will be above all nearby obstacles.
There are areas where a rooftop installation is best, but most often we recommend a tower. The height of your tower will depend on the location and relationship to nearby buildings and trees. Again, your local UGE sales representative will be able to help you select the best possible location for your turbine.
Please note: Installing a wind turbine on a roof depends on many factors that can only be determined by a structural engineer. While UGE turbines have been designed to minimize cyclical loads and vibrations, every roof is made differently and only a structural engineer has the necessary skills to ensure a safe roof installation.
ALL ABOUT WIND POWER
Although wind has been harnessed for centuries, it has only recently emerged as a modern energy solution. Prior to the 21st century, wind power was often used to pump water from wells and drive grain and textile mills. Over the last twenty years, advances in technology and design have reduced the cost of wind energy by more than 80 percent, making wind the cheapest form of renewable energy. In 2008, ULTRA emerged as a national leader in promoting small wind energy based on novel turbine design, which increases power generation and efficiency and reduces noise and safety concerns. Our success led to a product partnership with Urban Green Energy & Renewable Energy Solutions.
What is Small/Distributed Wind?
Small wind, also called distributed wind, refers to wind energy installed below utility scales, most often at homes or businesses, both small and large, that allow that site to take a percentage or entirety of its energy usage off of the utility grid. This type of energy is more consistent higher off the ground, which explains the thirty-story height of the horizontal turbines seen on large wind farms. With advances in siting tools and wind turbine design, we are able to use the wind found closer to ground level to produce energy efficiently, allowing more accessibilty to this eco energy and less dependance on conventional energy.
Why vertical axis wind turbines?
Wind turbines are designed to produce energy across a wide range of wind speeds and wind conditions. Vertical axis wind turbines go one step further, harnessing winds from all directions simultaneously. ULTRA offers wind turbines that are also very quiet, and it certainly helps that the turbines are pleasing to the eye. ULTRA has grown to be a regional promoter and salesforce of vertical axis wind turbines through its dedication to design, energy output, and superlative customer service via our national network of local installing partners.
Wind energy is one of the most affordable renewable resources. Incentives for clean energy production – at your home or business – drop the price even further, ranging from great feed-in-tariffs in Europe to a 30% tax credit in the US. Your local ULTRA representative will help you understand all of the available tax credits and incentives in your area, wherever in the world you may be. ULTRA wind systems are an excellent choice for both urban and rural customers, commercial developers and residential homeowners. Visit our Solutions page to learn more!
Wind turbines are available in two electrical configurations: Depending on your preference, you can purchase turbines in a battery back-up configuration or a grid-tie configuration. Each of these options is described below. Although these are the two main options, our engineers are able to provide custom configurations as well. If this is the case, please do not hesitate to Contact Us.
All of our wind turbines are available in a battery back-up configuration. With battery back-up, the wind turbine produces energy from its generator that passes through a “charge controller” device, which converts the electricity into the proper voltage for charging batteries. This electricity is stored in the batteries where it can be used for nearly any application with the addition of an “inverter/charger”.
The principle benefits of a battery back-up system are versatility and the ability to have access to power even during power outages, or if you are in an area where the grid is simply not available. An electrician can wire this system into your home or business so that select appliances like lights, computer servers, and security systems will be powered even when the grid is down.
Furthermore, in the rare instance of prolonged periods of low wind, UGE systems are designed so the grid will automatically back-up the battery, leaving your batteries charged. No matter what, when your neighbors’ power is out, yours will remain on!
The other main option to consider is a grid-tie configuration. We currently offer wind systems that are available in a grid-tie configuration. In a grid-tie system, your wind turbine works with the grid to make sure that your home or business always has enough electricity. When your wind system produces more than you need, you automatically sell the excess electricity back to the grid.
Although the grid-tie systems will allow you to forgo batteries, if the grid fails the turbine will shut down as well. In other words, when your neighbor’s lights are out, yours are too.
Now that you understand the basics, let’s review the trade-offs: A battery back-up configuration turns your wind turbine into a generator as well as a means of renewable energy production, so you’ll have power no matter what happens.
A grid tie configuration allows you to sell any unused power back to your utility company (in most places) but you are still subject to power outages.
Both configurations allow you to produce power and use the grid as back-up while you reap the long-term benefits of producing your own clean, free renewable energy.