Ace Hardware will be the first retailer to bring the Honeywell Wind Turbine to consumers across the country this August. WindTronics also has signed distribution agreements with more than 300 domestic and international dealers and utility companies, Honeywell, satellite distributors, building and electrical contractors, additional national retailers and Wesco Distribution to carry the turbine.eywell Wind Turbine will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $6,495. This price includes the turbine and the Smart Box Energy Management System that regulates and connects the wind energy to the building’s electrical panel.
The Honeywell Wind Turbine coming to market is more powerful and more efficient than the pilot model that debuted last year at the National Hardware Show. After significant testing in WindTronics’ custom-built wind tunnel, the wind engineers were able to further increase the turbine’s efficiency and power generation.
The Honeywell Wind Turbine has a 2.2-kilowatt plate power rating and can generate 2,752 kWh per year in a Class 4 wind speed at 33 feet. This equates to a higher performance output and lower installed cost per kilowatt than any other unit on the market in class and size.
Its Blade Tip Power System is based on a system of magnets and stators that captures power at the tips of the blades, where the speed is the greatest. This power is transferred to the Smart Box, which utilizes 2 deep cycle batteries to store and buffer the energy, while regulating the energy entering the electrical panel. The Smart Box also includes sophisticated software to maximize energy capture, while the turbine automatically turns to follow the wind.
“Unlike traditional turbines that rely on the wind to turn a generator, we’ve developed the Blade Tip Power System to turn the turbine into a powerful generator,” said Brian Levine, vice president of business development.
The Honeywell Wind Turbine’s gearless design eliminates mechanical resistance and drag, allowing it to generate power in wind speeds as low as two miles per hour and as high 45 miles per hour, without the typical noise, size, weight and vibrations associated with traditional wind turbines. Weighing 170 pounds and measuring 6 feet in diameter, the turbine can be mounted in several ways, including on a rooftop, a pole or a commercial mount.
For more information about the Honeywell Wind Turbine and its Blade Tip Power System and Smart Box, visit www.windtronics.com.
Source: WWJ Newsradio 950