Cylindrical & Conical Wind Turbines
Conical and cylindrical wind turbines are mostly used for home
and residential applications. This is because most cylindrical
or conical wind turbines turn on a vertical axis, which are suited
well for yards and rooftops.
The vertical axis wind
turbines generally can turn at a slower wind speed that those
with a horizontal axis, plus they are not as affected by side
winds. Vertical axis wind turbines can also hold up much more
soundly in high wind speeds over 80 mph.
Some of the conical wind turbine manufacturers include MagLev and
Mag-Wind (such as on Jay Leno's Garage and Ed Begley, Jr.'s rooftop).
In general, though, the manufacturers are more apt to produce cylindrical
wind turbines than those with a cone shape.
Some of the manufacturers of the cylindrical wind turbines include
Pac-Wind, StatoEolian GSE, Mariah Power and Ettridge. The Ettridge
cylindrical wind turbine design is made of several rotating fan
blades inside a cylindrical half shell.
The StatoEolian GSE wind turbine in appearance is close to the
design of a paddlewheel of a steamboat in which one might find gamblers
on the Mississippi River in the 1800s. This cylindrical wind turbine
is especially useful for harsh weather situations as it can generate
electricity up to 93 mph and withstand winds up to 124 mph such
as in a hurricane.
Pac-Wind makes both the Aeolian and Seahawk cylindrical wind turbine
models that are both built for low wind conditions and will work
at homes and remote locations. These are both also useful for backup
power. The Mariah Power Windspire is 30 feet long and two feet wide
and looks more like a piece of yard art revolving in the breeze.
This design is very quiet, corrosion resistant and low maintenance
as well. It can also be easily repainted to fit in with the color
scheme of a home or office building.
The conical and cylindrical wind turbines offer home and business
owners an alternative to the traditional horizontal axis bladed
turbines. This combination of art and functionality give homeowners
choices in regard to both electrical generation and visual appeal.