Ariel Schwartz

Ridgeblade Wind Turbine Silences NIMBYs

by , 10/26/09

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Rooftop solar panels are unlikely to elicit complaints from neighbors–they’re silent and relatively unobtrusive. But loud rooftop wind turbines? That’s where the virtually NIMBY-proof Ridgeblade turbine comes in. The turbine, designed by a former Rolls Royce turbine engineer at UK-based The Power Collective, boasts a sleek profile that is both powerful and visually pleasing.

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Instead of creating a free-standing turbine that sticks out for all the neighbors to see, The Power Collective designed its long-bladed turbine to fit in along the ridge of a roof, where wind currents are strongest. The Ridgeblade packs a powerful punch, too — it has the wind-capturing potential of a medium sized turbine.

The turbine isn’t yet on the market, but a $750,000 grant from the Green Challenge Awards has given The Power Collective a big push towards commercializing the Ridgeblade. No word on how much the turbine will cost when it is finally released, but your neighbors’ peace of mind might just be worth the extra cost!

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Via Cleantechnica

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2 Comments

  1. Kees Wagtendonk October 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    I am interested to install this windturbine.
    Please inform me when and where I can buy it.

  2. alexjameslowe October 29, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Greeeeaaat idea! I’d love to see some figures on the efficiency and return-on-investment for something like this. Maybe Obama will institute a tax credit for home energy generation. At least there’s a chance of that happening, unlike with leaders of the recent past.

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