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Eddy GT Wind Turbine Is Sleek, Silent and Designed for the City

Posted By Cameron Scott On September 14, 2010 @ 6:35 pm In New York City,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | 8 Comments

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If you launch a clean energy business in Manhattan [2] it’s almost a given you’ll be inspired to start designing products specifically for the urban environment. Urban Green Energy [3] has just launched a new, one-kilowatt wind turbine designed specifically for city rooftop use! A machine certainly made for the modern dweller, the near silent Eddy GT turbine is a chic piece of wind technology that rotates on a vertical axis, optimizing wind capture, even as the air stream shifts within the dynamic city landscape.



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The Eddy GT takes up just 40 square feet to generate its kilowatt — to get that much juice from a solar array [5], you would need up to 400 square feet, which is a tough sell in major cities like New York and San Francisco [6]. While not a light investment at $7,000 per turbine, Urban Green Energy CEO Nick Blitterswyk estimates that in California, which offers a rebate, you could break even in 10 years, and without the $3,000 rebate, it could take 20 years.

If you’re in San Francisco, look for some turbines in action atop Blitterswyk’s company, amongst other products like the Sanya Solar- and Wind-Powered Streetlamp [7], in front of Civc Center come mid-October. The turbines have scored some other less predictable placements as well, including a position atop the National Guard building in Cleveland, Ohio, and just about every house in a new middle-class subdivision outside St. Louis!

+ Urban Green Energy [3]

Photos © Urban Green Energy


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[2] Manhattan: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/

[3] Urban Green Energy: http://www.urbangreenenergy.com/index.php

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/14/eddy-gt-wind-turbine-is-sleek-silent-and-designed-for-the-city/eddy-gt-2-2/

[5] solar array: http://inhabitat.com/solar-power/

[6] San Francisco: http://inhabitat.com/sf/

[7] Sanya Solar- and Wind-Powered Streetlamp: http://inhabitat.com/2009/07/13/hybrid-wind-solar-street-lamps/

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