An elegant Osiris 10 small wind turbine attracted many energy professionals at Osiris Energy booth during GlobalCon in Atlantic City, NJ on Apr. 9-10.
Some people came over for a visit after listening to my snapshot breakfast presentation. One nice lady told me that my topic was interesting.
Some were audience to my workshop presentation called “Small Wind Turbine. Big Technologies.”, where small wind industry challenges, opportunities as well as the latest small wind technologies were covered.
Many people stopped by the booth pure out of the curiosity. Quite a few asked with low voice, “Is this a submarine?”. They pointed to the Osiris 10 with cover open. “No, it is a real Osiris 10kW small wind turbine.” I could see their wide-open eyes. Lots of laughs followed this short conversation.
We had over one hundred visitors in two days. We were busy. Our visiting Osiris Energy dealers volunteered to be booth helpers, sharing their expertise with visitors.
When I asked the visitors if they had considered the small wind turbine in their energy program in the past. The answer was always NO. Then I asked if they know if their states have state incentives for small wind turbines. The typical answer was also NO. I immediately felt the need to educate them about this topic for their benefit. For example, NYSERDA program in New York State offers generous incentives, up to 50% of the installed cost for small wind turbine, on top of 30% Federal ITC. NYSERDA incentive is only applied to the very selective equipment. Osiris 10 is IEC61400-2 and AWEA 9.1 certified and it is on the unified equipment list of ITAC where New York is one of seven member states. The ROI can be very attractive for Osiris 10 installations!
Sustainability is one of main themes for this conference. More and more organizations are trying to find innovative ways to save cost while doing good.
One visitor shared his story. Their organization invested time and effort on many sustainability initiatives, such as lighting retrofit etc. However, they got frustrated for getting little credit from public for what they have done. In another way to say, their initiatives were “invisible”. They were searching for a “green statement” and small wind can be a good fit for this purpose. Osiris 10 is not a toy for the show though. It is a very powerful reliable machine. At 6 m/s, the annual production is over 33,000 KWH certified by InterTek.
Visitors were taking pictures, asking questions, picking up literature. We kindly asked them to spread out the words to their colleagues, friends and families.
Small wind industry in the US has gone through difficult years. It’s time to bring the excitement at Osiris Energy booth to the real world and help more people save money while doing good. More hard work lies ahead.
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Nowadays, small wind professionals are either complaining bitterly about the competition from solar or joining happily to the solar ally. Under the pressure of selling more, some people ignored the simple fact that “A wind turbine needs WIND to work its magic”. A small wind turbine might have been installed in an area where is not enough wind. No wonder we heard that wind turbines do not work.
Wind and Solar are not created equal, no matter its cost, incentives, financing options, zoning requirements or complexity. While there are a lot of good places to install solar, small wind turbine installations are more about picking the right location. The stronger the wind, the more power production and the better return on investment for a customer.
There are five major approaches to pick a good wind location.
The first approach is to use free on-line wind maps, such as ones offered by small wind associations, airports or the map companies. You will only get general wind information in the area.
The second approach is to use subscription-based on-line wind reports. For example, you can generate a Osiris 10 wind report for your customer using New Roots Energy by picking Osiris 10 turbine, inputting tower height and your customer’s address. The wind speed is populated and the power production is calculated based on manufacturer verified power curves.
The third approach is to use a comprehensive on-line wind analysis services. Wind Analytics claims that a recent study from Energy Trust of Oregon found that Wind Analytics is up to 8 times more accurate than other wind mapping solutions. It performs site-specific obstruction analysis, recommends turbine location and tower height for a recommended turbine.
The forth approach is to test the real wind speed at customer property using anemometer over a period of time. Some states may offer anemometer loan program.
The fifth approach is to use consulting services including actual site visits. I enjoyed reading a 23 pages Wind Turbine Site Assessment Report developed by CS2 Renewable Energy in Illinois for a school project. There are many of such services available in different states.
From approach one to five, the accuracy of wind report goes up along with the effort and cost. There is no right or wrong approach. It all depends upon your customer’s situation and requirements. However, it is not right to give customers empty promises without going through the exercises of performing wind analysis.
To engage happy customers, get more referrals and build a profitable long-term business, small wind professionals shall pick the right battle field instead of simply putting blame on solar.
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Osiris 10 represents the latest technological development in the small wind industry. The blades are one of the most important components of a small wind system. Osiris 10 blades are uniquely designed and built with the following special features. BIGGER: Osiris 10 has 9.7 meters blade diameter and 74 square feet swept area, allowing it to generate more power especially in the low wind areas. STRONGER: Osiris 10 blades are made of carbon fiber composite reinforced fiber glass materials which are 9-12 times stronger than fiber glass. The blades materials are tested by Shanghai FRP institute. These blades are made using special designed 5 tons’ aluminum RTM mold. Osiris blades can withstand up to 30,000 N/M loading which is more than 8 times stronger than the working condition loading of 3,800 N/M. SMOOTHER: Three blades for Osiris 10 are hand-picked for proper balance before shipping. The pitch of these blades are designed to be automatically synchronized, saving setup time. The springs ensure the smoother pitch when wind blows. Bigger, Stronger and Smoother running blades contribute to the excellent performance and safe operation of Osiris 10 small wind turbine system. Welcome to sign up Osiris Energy Village Blog for more information and news.