A new water- or space-heating micro wind turbine package is now available from manufacturer FuturEnergy. It is the first of its kind as it focuses directly on producing heat, either connected to a water tank immersion heater or an electric heating radiator.
The AirForce Controller is unique as it can extract more energy from the wind than a typical ‘off-grid’ battery charging system. It does so by precisely controlling the rotor speed of the turbine to perfectly match wind speeds at any given time, with the supplied wind sensor, ensuring maximum rotor efficiency and also, due to speed control, the ability to operate in much stronger weather conditions where other turbines would need to shut down.
According to the company, the system is a great way to utilise renewable energy at low cost – avoiding the need for expensive battery systems to store generated energy. Instead, the energy is stored as hot water or used for simple space heating, which is one of the main energies used in the home.
Typical applications for the product include off-grid building heating or water heating and reducing fuel or electricity cost by supplementing heating of any building in a good wind speed area. A free android and iOS app are now available so the system can be controlled and monitored remotely.
The package includes AirForce1 Wind Turbine, Airforce Controller V4 and Anemometer. Additionally, up to three temperature sensors can be connected to the controller, which can be used to stop heating should a required temperature be reached.