Be an Early Adopter!
Early adopters provide vital feedback that help us understand how this technology will perform in real-life situations and how it will mesh with existing infrastructure. Current data indicate that hanging wind turbines (HWTs) are making electric power at a lower cost than other methods for producing electricity because they do not require you to own the land on which it hangs, they do not require you to construct a tower, and they do not require permits in most areas. While the HWT is not currently classified as a permanent structure that requires permits, there may be regulations in the future as greater numbers of HWTs are seen in operation.
Wind speed increases with height above the ground, but many HWTs will be installed at low heights. Because the HWT is a fraction of the cost of a tower-mounted machine, it will make electricity at a lower cost even in lower wind speeds near ground level. To optimize performance, channel or funnel the wind utilizing buildings, trees, hillsides, and areas of thermal instability. It is also possible to hang a windmill higher than a tower can reach. The knowledge gained from your experiences will be used to design future systems for hanging and siting the machines.
We believe that the number of uses for the hanging wind turbine is as great as the number of users. If the HWT is successful in practice, it will usher in a new wave of portable electronic systems and devices. For instance, a rechargeable cell and WIFI communications chip installed onboard would allow HWTs to communicate with one another. This communication system would allow for the construction of a truly wireless network that could not be shut down by power failures. Storms would not affect its operation and it would not depend upon grid power to operate. The HWT provides an opportunity for you to invent on fertile ground, but it comes with the risk that there is little operating data on the product you are buying.