USA: Wind Turbines & Generators: Manufacturers & Suppliers
ABOUT WIND TURBINES & GENERATORS
There are two main types of wind turbines and generators: industrial scale wind turbines and small wind turbines for use in homes and small businesses.
Home wind power systems are now available for fitting either to towers or to rooftops. They are of three types: grid connected, battery charging, and water pumping. Whereas most home wind power turbines are mounted on masts or towers, they can also be fitted to rooftops. However it is desirable to select a system specially designed for rooftops; such systems are designed to minimise noise and vibration through the use of damped mounting brackets.
It is important to choose a suitable site for a home wind power turbine, preferably one with a yearly average wind speed of at least twelve miles per hour. This can be measured with a totalizing anemometer, which has to be installed in the same position and at the same height as the proposed turbine.
LEADING USA WIND TURBINE & GENERATOR MANUFACTURERS
The following leading home wind power system manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of home wind power systems, including online catalogs, designs and materials for home wind power systems, and care and maintenance of home wind power systems.
Clipper Wind Power. Clipper Wind Power, based in Carpenteria, California, is a leading US manufacturer of industrial scale wind turbines. Its flagship product is the LIberty 2.5 MW wind turbine. It is a variable speed turbine with a distributed power train, four permanent magnet generators and advanced power electronics. Its design aims to minimize unscheduled maintenance expense arising from gearbox stresses and unplanned crane call-outs. The Clipper website contains articles on planning a wind turbine development. Topics include: Is the site windy enough? and Does the site have access to transmission lines?
Bergey Windpower. Bergey Windpower, based in Norman, Oklahoma, is a leading supplier of small wind turbines for home wind power systems. It has been operating as a manufacturer of wind turbines for thirty years, has installations in all 50 US states, and sells globally through a network of five hundred dealers. Its website gives details of three types of small wind turbine: Grid Connected Wind Turbines, Battery Charging Wind Turbines, and Water Pumping Wind Turbines. Other sections of the website cover: Towers (which may be up to 120 feet high); Battery Strings; Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment, and Submersible Water Pumps.
Swift Wind Turbines. Swift, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, specialises in supplying wind turbines for roof installation. The turbine is specifically designed to have low vibration and simple installation. It is also designed to be visually appealing. The Swift mounting brackets incorporate a damping system, designed to absorb a wide variety of vibration frequencies. The five bladed design allows a slower rotation speed, and cuts noise. The Swift wind turbine is designed to be grid connected, using first the electricity generated by the turbine, and only taking additional power from the grid as required.
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