Mike Chino

Broadstar's AeroCam Breaks the Wind-Watt Barrier

by , 06/19/08

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Amid veritable fields of wind turbine options the Broadstar AeroCam stands out with an innovative design that packs a powerful turbine into a compact form factor. Constructed to spin on a horizontal axis, the micro-turbine’s multiple aerodynamic blades cut a profile similar to a water wheel and allow it to intuitively track the path of the wind as it rotates. The turbine is the industry’s first to shatter the $1/watt cost barrier, and Broadstar aims to make its AeroCam turbines a go-to option for rural, urban, and wind farm in-fill applications.

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Since solar panels are finally starting to see an influx of small-scale and residential applications, we couldn’t be happier with the growing crop of micro-turbines that aim to make wind power an option in areas less inclined to sunshine.

Broadstar’s turbines aim to provide more power and choice of location than conventional turbines as well as “a lower total cost of acquisition and ownership and a faster payback period. The AeroCam has the potential to equip almost every local community, business and government building with its own renewable energy power station and it can supplement existing turbines.”

The AeroCam’s unique design allows Broadstar to manufacture, transport, and install, and maintain it at lower costs than conventional turbines. A 250kW system will retail for $250,000, making it the world’s first turbine to break the $1/watt cost barrier. The AeroCam is designed to operate smoothly in wind-speeds from 4-80 mph, and these low rotational speeds mean that it produces a negligible amount of noise.

Since Broadstar turbines are optimized to function at lower wind speeds, they are perfect for small-scale residential and commercial applications, and they also would be excellent at filling the niches between towering propellers in wind fields. Broadstar Wind Systems have produced a working prototype and are currently in negotiations to place the product with two Fortune 100 companies.

+ Broadstar Wind Systems

Via treehugger.com

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9 Comments

  1. AJ89 April 16, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Why argue over theoretical power output? The ‘AeroCam’ has not been installed commercially. Anywhere. No one is putting their money anywhere near it. There have been NO news stories in the last two years and their website is down. This is not a solution.

    The AeroCam is ‘designed’ to spin into the wind, not with it… any compenent of lift used to generate a turning moment into the wind is TINY compared to that of drag on return rotation (lower half of turbine, in this case). Its time to stop blowing the horn of unproven design.

  2. TommyTexasRowlett November 8, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    AJ says: “A competing option is the “aeroturbine” by aerotecture, inc”

    /Not really a competitor at all.

    Aeroturbine site shows power output at 21 MPH wind speed equals 200 watts. (200 WATTS !!!)

    AeroCam produces approximately 3 KILO watts at 20 MPH wind speed – 15 times as much for the same wind.

    I dunno about you but I know where my money would rather go.

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  4. bellafago June 23, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Hello,

    No, no, I thought about these windmills çi, having brought up on vertical arms, them _soldered mèmes on spherical spare tires, and, the one çi being ballastées. I thought about pyramid-shaped fields, or\” spherical\” the spare tire of the center of this pyramid being the highest, all the others (leaving towards the exterior one being less and less high, to be able to benefit from the maximum of airiness and each possessing his own surface of clearance in case of strong swell), the fields of these marine windmills can ètre of 10 or X kilometers square…?

    @

  5. AJ June 22, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    A drag-type turbine? Yes, they are great, could be cheaper than their counterparts, but the yields are terribly low. A competing option is the “aeroturbine” by aerotecture, inc.

  6. bellafago June 21, 2008 at 6:54 am

    hello,

    I find this very interesting idea, I proposed it to a French business there is celà 5 or 6 months, but the one çi has not replied mème; For some to return has this windmill, do not can one to create some fields at sea, every windmill having brought up on a spherical spare tire (which leaves to suppose a certain height of arm, to student. ..), to compensate the Link up entr’elles in all the direction of the term for that the recovered energy is combined on a méme cable?

    @

  7. LEMAK June 21, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Nice idea, could be something real in the future, welcome to the world of Natural powe.
    Architect
    Leo Mac Ender

  8. LEMAK June 21, 2008 at 3:40 am

    This is fantastic, keep on moving, the world and those who realy understand will be saluting you.
    All the best from Architect Leo Mac Ender…

  9. Tivoni June 20, 2008 at 7:18 am

    stick some solar panels on the blades

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