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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 03:21 PM
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Locally made wind turbines to create jobs (MI, to be sold at ACE hardware)
http://www.mlive.com/chronicle/news/index.ssf/2008/12/l...

If alternative energy development is the answer to the country's economic woes -- as President-elect Barack Obama and many others have suggested -- then Muskegon's future is looking bright.

The "wind turbine in a box" will be unwrapped at ACE Hardware stores across the country next May with a "made in Muskegon" tag. The product, inspired by the Grand Valley State University Energy Center and produced by local company EarthTronics, can save consumers electricity costs and is expected to generate about 100 local jobs that could balloon to many more.

Illustration/EarthTronicsAn illustration of a 36-inch diameter WindTronics wind turbine.
"This can truly be a Michigan product," said EarthTronics President Reg Adams of the turbines that are expected to begin production in early 2009. "This is Michigan's to lose. Our plan is to do this right here in Muskegon."

EarthTronics and the local Port City Group will begin manufacturing the wind turbines, called the WindTronics 760, could begin in Muskegon as soon as January.

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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 04:52 PM
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1. coming the following month----->
a cheap low cost chinese knock-off will be on the market with in 6 months.
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vinylsolution Donating Member (807 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:44 PM
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2. This is fantastic news!
I'll gladly put a 'made-in-Michigan' turbine on my roof! Hats off to ACE Hardware for supporting this venture.







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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:51 PM
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9. is there an info spot some place? I would love a wind turbin. I
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 03:53 PM by roguevalley
wonder cost and installation and stuff. I am SEVERELY tech challenged concerning electricity. :)

EDIT: I found the info. I didn't read far enough down. :P
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:51 PM
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3. We'll be watching for these to be in the stores
I like the idea that its to be a complete package. Installation and all I can do myself plus I have the perfect place for one.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:04 PM
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4. i have a great spot, too.
here in the windy city, i have just been waiting for an affordable small wind turbine to put on my roof.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:10 PM
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5. And this is something that will be affordable
Speed in relationship to the coil of wire and the magnet is essential, the faster the more electricity made. I've often wondered about moving the magnets and coils out from the center to obtain that needed speed rather than using a power robbing gearbox to do it.
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:14 PM
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6. In our area, Ace sells CF's for $1 (13W) or $2 (26W). nt
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:23 PM
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7. i think most of us have already made that leap.
let my know when the cf microwaves, teevees, washers, dryers, stereos, fans, air conditioners, etc are ready.
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forintegrity Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 08:45 PM
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8. I want one!
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JohnWxy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 06:09 PM
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10. according to EIA avg Electr bill for U.S. is $73.26. That makes payback for this turbine 3.3 years!
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 07:12 PM
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11. If it produced all the electricity one would be using
which it isn't
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JohnWxy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 08:22 PM
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13. UH-oh. good point. Average U.S. household uses 8,900 kWhr per yr.
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 08:24 PM by JohnWxy
one of these turbines would get about 18% of that. Thanks for the heads up on that. So payback would be about 18 yrs - assuming no increase in your electric rates (?!). The way things are going you could probably cut that payback in about half!

http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2003/BoiLu.shtml
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 07:17 PM
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12. No, this turbine wouldn't even come close to meeting a home's electricity needs.
Edited on Tue Dec-09-08 07:18 PM by TheWraith
This would produce about $10 to $15 worth of energy per month, according to their specs. 1580 KWh per year = 131 KWh per month. Average home demand is 920 KWh per month. You'd need 7 of these turbines to break even on an average energy bill.

This is a nice idea, but the fact is that the turbine's output is low for the price. There's models on eBay with substantally more output for the same cost.
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