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-==Home Wind==+Recently small wind systems have increased in popularity. Interestingly, hybrid solar/wind systems often provide the lowest total cost per KWH. See Detronics [http://www.detronics.net/wind_solar.pdf wind solar energy comparison].
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 +It should be noted that small wind implementations are highly dependent on local wind conditions.
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 +[[Image:Melb_wind_map.JPG |thumb|right|300px|Melbourne's average yearly wind speed (m/sec at 65m above ground)]]
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 +[[Image:Mt Mercer wind farm 600 2883.JPG|thumb|right|300px|Mt Mercer wind farm]]]
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 +At this point each Australian state government has its own wind map. The wind map to the right is a screen shot from taken from [http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/www/html/2123-wind-map.asp Sustainability Victoria] - (unfortunately requires IE6 or later)
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 +To determine site suitability it is best to measure average site wind conditions with an [http://www.inspeed.com/anemometers anemometer]. I note the simple rule of placing turbines 10 meters higher than anything within a 30 meters.
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 +==Wind Speed Conversion==
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 +{|border="1"
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 +| m/s || km/h || mph || knots
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 +| 4 || 14.4 || 8.9 || 7.8
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 +| 5 || 18 || 11.2 || 9.7
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 +| <b>6</b> || 21.6 || 13.4 || 11.7
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 +| 7 || 25.2 || 15.7 || 13.6
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 +| 8 || 28.8 || 17.9 || 15.5
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 +| 9 || 32.4 || 20.1 || 17.5
 +|-
 +|}
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 +==Small Wind Solutions (incomplete list)==
 +* [http://www.tlgwindpower.com TLG Windpower]
 +* [http://www.bergey.com/ Bergey]
 +* [http://www.aerogenesis.com.au Aerogenesis]
* [http://www.windenergy.com Southwest Windpower] * [http://www.windenergy.com Southwest Windpower]
* [http://www.westwindturbines.co.uk/ West Wind Turbines] * [http://www.westwindturbines.co.uk/ West Wind Turbines]
* [http://www.somapower.com.au Soma] * [http://www.somapower.com.au Soma]
* [http://www.sunwor.com Sunwor 3kw-10kw] * [http://www.sunwor.com Sunwor 3kw-10kw]
-* [http://www.tlgwindpower.com TLG Windpower] 
-==Commercial Wind==+==New Ideas==
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 +[http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:High-Efficiency_Horizontal_Axis_Wind_Turbines PesWiki- New Ideas in Wind Turbines]
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 +==External Links==
 +* [http://www.windenergy.com/globalwindmaps/international.htm International Windmaps]
 +* [http://www.awea.org/smallwind/ American Wind Energy Association]
 +* [http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/small_wind_generators_turbines_manufacturers.htm Small Wind Manufacturers]
 +* [http://www.awea.org/faq/usresource.html American Windmap] - haven't found anything like this yet for Australia.
 +* [http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/wind/selection_map.shtml Australian Windmap]
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Recently small wind systems have increased in popularity. Interestingly, hybrid solar/wind systems often provide the lowest total cost per KWH. See Detronics wind solar energy comparison.

It should be noted that small wind implementations are highly dependent on local wind conditions.

Melbourne's average yearly wind speed (m/sec at 65m above ground)
Melbourne's average yearly wind speed (m/sec at 65m above ground)
Mt Mercer wind farm
Mt Mercer wind farm
]

At this point each Australian state government has its own wind map. The wind map to the right is a screen shot from taken from Sustainability Victoria - (unfortunately requires IE6 or later)

To determine site suitability it is best to measure average site wind conditions with an anemometer. I note the simple rule of placing turbines 10 meters higher than anything within a 30 meters.



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[edit] Wind Speed Conversion

m/s km/h mph knots
4 14.4 8.9 7.8
5 18 11.2 9.7
6 21.6 13.4 11.7
7 25.2 15.7 13.6
8 28.8 17.9 15.5
9 32.4 20.1 17.5

[edit] Small Wind Solutions (incomplete list)

[edit] New Ideas

PesWiki- New Ideas in Wind Turbines

[edit] External Links

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