CleanTechnica's 2012 rating of the top five micro wind turbines includes the Skystream 3.7, a product of Southwest Windpower, which qualifies for California's wind energy rebate, and the BWC Excel 10 built by Bergey Windpower, the first wind turbine to be fully certified by the American Wind Energy Association. Architectural Wind of AeroVironment is on the list for combining artistic aesthetics with technology. Portable micro turbines, as marketed by Arista Power and Skybuilt, also garner top five status.Continue Reading
Arista Power's Charger 300 series of portable micro turbines are light enough to be carried in a suitcase, with the lightest, designed to recharge batteries, weighing just 15 pounds. Portable micro wind turbines broaden the parameters for producing wind energy to outdoor recreation and remote research, commercial and military sites. CleanTechnia's top five list also provides a look to the future, including the potential use of kinetic sculptures as micro wind turbines to create a dual focus for art installations, providing communities with low-cost energy and a shared cultural experience.
Also of note, though not on the top five list, is the 2015 launch of the Vortex Bladeless micro turbine, which looks like a pole in the ground, but uses vorticity, an aerodynamic phenomena that catches wind flowing around it, to create small whirlwinds.
Among the U.S. companies on Planetsave's 2013 list of the top five sellers of micro wind turbines are Bergey Windpower, an Oklahoma company, and Urban Green Energy, based in New York City and the top seller of vertical axis wind turbines, which harness wind from all directions.Learn more about Environmental Science