Tuesday, June 13, 2006

PacWind Annouce Availability of Scaleable Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2006--PacWind Technology (PacWind) announces today the availability of its patented, scaleable Vertical Axis Wind Turbines (VAWTs). The VAWT is made in the U.S.A., and solves several of the inherent problems of traditional propeller-based wind turbines.
First, the units run completely silent and vibration free! No noise is emitted from the turbines regardless of wind speed. Second, the VAWT eliminates the need to slow down the turbine under high wind conditions.
Third, the VAWT is not affected by cross-winds, since the direction of wind is irrelevant. The turbine features only one moving part, minimizing maintenance. The unique design also generates usable power at low wind speeds of 10 miles per hour.
Finally, the PacWind VAWT is friendly to birds, unlike propeller-based turbines, which are invisible to birds. In addition, other animals are not frightened by the VAWT due to its silent and vibration-free operation.
The SeaHawk, the first turbine in a series, has a power output of 1 kilowatt and a maximum power output of 3.4 kilowatts. The SeaHawk measures 55 inches high by 30 inches in diameter. The PacWind VAWT is scaleable to megawatt class turbines.
The compact SeaHawk design enables freedom of choice and flexibility for installations, and allows one or more units to mount on a single pole. The unit is also roof-top mountable, and can be set as high or low as the winds demand. Custom mounts are also available.
"The SeaHawk incorporates PacWind's patented, permanent magnet, three-phase A.C. generator, containing the most powerful rare-earth magnets in the industry. This allows the VAWT to produce more power at lower wind speeds compared to propeller driven generators," according to the inventor and manufacturer, Phil Watkins, president of PacWind Technology.
Each wind turbine includes a three-function electronic charge controller for 12V/24V/48V systems, and a three-phase rectifier is included to complete the system.
"We anticipate strong demand for the SeaHawk turbine, especially in remote areas. The VAWT is a perfect complement to solar installations," said Dave Glawson, vice president of sales, marketing and technology for PacWind.

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