Urban Wind Turbine Provides Quiet Power

Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine

The newly introduced Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine developed by The Archimedes will allow those in cities to quietly make their own power as easily as their country cousins.  Besides it’s almost silent operation, the windmill boasts 80% efficiency, much higher than the 25-50% of other turbines.

The unit is 5 feet wide, so a bit of space is still necessary, but it makes up for that in efficiency.  According to a press release from The Archimedes:

“The Liam F1 generates an average of 1,500 kilowatt-hours of energy [per year] at a wind-speed of 5 m/s [16.4 ft/s], which resembles half of the power consumption of a common household.”

While that may not seem like much, free power is still free power.  The unique shape of the turbine, inspired by the nautilus shell, increases the efficiency and silence of the unit, and helps it to stay pointed in the right direction to get the most out of any breeze.

The Liam F1 will be officially for sale on July 1, though 7,000 units have been sold in over 14 countries.  The developer’s web site says the turbines will sell for approximately $5,450 US.

Sources: Grist and Gizmag

Photo: The Archimedes

Video: The Archimedes

 


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