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Today we will discuss which type of wind turbine you should choose and why.
To start with, let's make sure you know what a wind turbine is and how it operates.
A wind turbine is a machine that produces electricity by harnessing the kinetic energy of the wind. Two or three rotor blades installed on a rotor make up a wind turbine. The rotor begins to rotate when the wind's lift and drag forces act on these blades. The rotor has a main shaft linked to it, and at the other end, the shaft is coupled to an electric generator. When the generator is powered by the wind turbine, electricity is generated.
There are two main types of wind turbines as a consequence of this axis rotation: horizontal and vertical.
Horizontal wind turbines:
It is a type of wind turbine in which the axis of its rotation is parallel to the flow of the air stream. It is the most efficient type of wind turbine and the most widely used worldwide. The horizontal axis turbine is mainly used for the generation of electricity for commercial purposes in different parts of the world.
For the horizontal axis wind turbine, the axis of rotation of the turbine is parallel to the wind stream. In the horizontal axis wind turbine, the electric generator is installed at the top of the tower. Horizontal axis wind turbine requires a large space for the blade’s operation. The operation of the horizontal axis wind turbine is dependent on wind direction. The height of the horizontal axis wind turbine from the ground is large.
Vertical wind turbines:
The rotational axis of vertical axis wind turbines is vertical or perpendicular to the ground. Wind can blow in all directions at vertical axis turbines. Due to their adaptability, vertical axis wind turbines are regarded to be the best choice for installations when the wind is inconsistent or where the turbine cannot be positioned high enough to benefit from stable wind because of governmental regulations. In the vertical axis wind turbine, the generator is installed on the ground. Vertical axis wind turbine requires small space for the blade’s operation. The operation of the vertical axis wind turbine is independent of the wind direction.
They both have their own advantages and the purpose of this article is to help you choose the right system for your application.
When we compare them in terms of mechanical complexity and stress, horizontal axis turbines are mechanically more complex than vertical designs because they require a yaw mechanism to adapt to changes in wind direction. In terms of a suitable location, the tall towers and long blades of horizontal turbines work only in open spaces. Vertical turbines are generally much more compact and pose fewer restrictions for installation on building rooftops and other urban areas. The low height of the vertical unit also makes it suitable for windy areas between buildings and on hills.
Tesup Magnum 5 and Master X vertical wind turbines are larger with longer rotor blades. They have higher efficiency ratings and are more likely to operate at higher wind speeds. They are better at converting wind energy into useful mechanical motion because their blades are perpendicular to wind direction, so energy can be generated the entire way through the rotation.
Tesup ATLAS wind turbines are smaller in size and more compact compared to our horizontal wind turbines. They are ideal for urban environments, easier to install and require less space. They don't have to be facing the right wind direction either. In a vertical system, air flowing from any direction can rotate the blades. They also handle turbulent winds better than horizontal wind turbines. Both ATLAS models capture wind from any direction and they are popular choices for urban environments. They can also be combined with solar panels in hybrid systems and have low operational noise.
Regardless of being horizontal or vertical, they are all capable of meeting your daily household electric needs. The choice between horizontal and vertical wind turbines depends on the specific application and wind conditions at your location. If a strong and consistent wind is available, Magnum 5 or Master X would be more efficient. However, if your space is limited and the wind is weaker and more turbulent, our ATLAS models would be the better option.
We hope this blog helps to decide which type of wind turbine you should prefer. You can contact us for further information!