For The Cost Of An iPhone, You Can Now Buy A Wind Turbine That Can Power An Entire House… – Eco Snippets

For The Cost Of An iPhone, You Can Now Buy A Wind Turbine That Can Power An Entire House…

For The Cost Of An iPhone, You Can Now Buy A Wind Turbine That Can Power An Entire House...

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Indian startup Avant Garde Innovations has developed a low-cost wind turbine that can generate 3-5 kW hours of electricity daily… Soon after assuming office, Kerala (southern state of India) Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan kicked up a storm by publicly supporting the Athirappilly hydro electric project, which environmentalists said, if implemented, would create ecologic imbalance in the area and destroy the Athirappilly waterfalls, the largest natural waterfalls in the state.

It is not that the government is oblivious to the impact that the project could make, but it says it has no option but to leverage existing means to check the growing power crisis in Kerala, which partially depends on the private sector for electricity.

Things are no different in other states either. While Kerala has attained almost 100 per cent electrical coverage, many parts of India still remain in the dark. For a large portion of the Indian population, electricity to this day remains a distant dream.

Enter two siblings who want to make India’s energy crisis a thing of the past. The duo has developed a new solution they say will not even slightly impact the ecological balance.

Avant Garde Innovations, the startup founded by siblings Arun and Anoop George from Kerala, has come up with a low-cost wind turbine that can generate enough electricity to power an entire house for a lifetime. The size of a ceiling fan, this wind turbine can generate 5 kWh/kW per day — with just a one-time cost of US$750.

“Our goal is to eliminate energy poverty, reduce dependence on struggling state power grids and create energy self sufficiency for all the needy ones through distributed, localised and affordable renewable energy. In doing so, we believe we can collectively usher in our world a cleaner environment, new economic prosperity and social change,” reads the company ‘What We Do’ statement.

“Our first offering is a highly affordable small wind turbine suitable for residential, commercial, agricultural, village electrification and other uses, which is aimed for a market launch during 2016.”

Incorporated in 2015, Avant Garde claims to be a startup with a ‘green’ heart and soul.

For the startup, opportunity is massive. India is the world’s sixth largest energy consumer, accounting for 3.4 per cent of global energy consumption. Federal governments in India, and the central government for that matter, are unable to bear the huge infrastructural cost required to bring electricity to remote villages.

Erecting electric posts and electric lines require huge investments that could cost millions of dollars.

This is where Avant Garde comes into picture. “When small wind turbine generating 1kW energy costs INR 3-7 lakh (US$4,000-10,000), our company plans to sell it at less than NR 50,000 (about US$750). Costs will decrease further through mass production,” Arun said in an interview to The Times of India.

The company launched its pilot project at a church in the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram in January this year. The small wind turbine prototype that it has developed is highly scalable for power capacities of 300 kW or even higher, Arun told e27.

“Our passionate aim is to introduce innovative, affordable and sustainable solutions that take renewable energy self sufficiency and energy empowerment to the next level through a distributed and decentralised approach using pioneering strategies the world has not witnessed yet,” the company says…

For The Cost Of An iPhone, You Can Now Buy A Wind Turbine That Can Power An Entire House...

This revolutionary product has also won them a spot in the Top 20 Cleantech Innovations in India. The company has also made it to the list of 10 clean energy companies from India for the “UN Sustainable Energy For All” initiative under the one billion dollar clean energy investment opportunity directory.

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, the country ranks 4th in terms of global installed wind power capacity, after China, the US, and Germany. Maybe, if Avant Garde Innovations takes off, Kerala can keep the Athirappilly waterfalls untouched (via e27).

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I need one of those shipped to Tennessee

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I couldn’t find how to order one.

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i would do this in a heartbeat!

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Siobhan Hughes

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That’s one of the things I dislike about articles like this – there is never a way to order them.

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    ask Mr Google FFS

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Probably not available here

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really people … have you forgotten to go look for yourselves or do you require spoon feeding .. sigh … http://www.avantgardeinnovations.com/

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Searching the free section on craigslist and enlightening yourself with easily searchable information, you could build yourself one for damm near free. But what do I know I’m not looking to get rich off of people not willing to learn and build something for themselves.

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Rather relative remark considering some cars cost two or three times a home can so how about just putting the cost out there instead of baiting hooks.

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    It tells you the cost on the video.

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Chelle Kellar Tarver

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We had one of these on our farm where I grew up. That was a long time ago. Isn’t that something? In Missouri. The problem we had was with the storage batteries.

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    I know I saw this last night. I want one

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The future’s getting brighter.

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I want one – please!

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Great idea for people without power but the average American uses 901 kWh per month and windmills only really work if you happen to live on a jet stream. This will get you maybe 150 best case per month. I was advised against a windmill of any kind at my abode. Wouldn’t generate any power.

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    obviously this one is not for you but many other could benefit from it. go solar then…

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Who cares if you can’t buy one?

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No, not for the cost of an iPhone… It’s 1 iPhone per kW, sooooooo 5 iPhones

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Jamie Hall scalable tho?

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when/if the wind is blowing, at 7mph at least

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and where can i buy this?

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what size house ?

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And get you charged with illegal renovation

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Of course the cost of a new iPhone is prohibitive.

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Hahaha, we use to call them windmills…

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The tower will cost several times that much..they did not mention the tower.. The device will generate enough power on a windy day to run a typical fridge for about 2 hours a day.. Have fun in the dark keeping the milk from going sour the other 22hours a day.

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    Umm the average large fridge in Aus uses 180 watts of power or less when running! So 3-5Kw is a lot of energy for 3rd world countries. It’s India so their power is based on 240 volts, so double the output to get American equivalent (3Kw at 240 volts= 6+Kw at 110 volts). I bought a 1300watt wind generator with 6 metre (20 foot) tower, delivered included off eBay $Aus780 or about $500 US.

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    Brett Griffiths, I love your fridge wish they had that kind of rating in Canada. My 3year old ‘eco-efficient’ fridge drays about twice that. The common turbine sold to the public is 450 watt, if the wind blows hard. The big deal here is that towers are very limited by building code regs. Banned altogether in many populated areas. You need several layers of permits and approvals if it is allowed. Rural municipal code where I live dies not allow ‘structures’ over 8 meters even with a permit. But of course when the government that makes the code wants to build a wind farm with dozens of mega big ones, the code does not apply. It is stacked against anyone who tries to stop paying the government for electricity. We we even need bunch of approvals and expensive permit to put a solar panel on the roof..even with 24 volt ones you have to pay for regular electrical safety inspections.

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No you can’t power a home with a windmill for the price of an iPhone or even 10 of them. Solar is better but you still can’t for less than about $3,000.

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OMG for all the people commenting, a little bit of simple math does the trick. The turbine does in fact only cost $750, they didn’t comment on installation costs but just like when you buy a part for your car, you have additional installation costs and fees. As for the energy generated, it can generates an average of 5kWh a day, and the average American household uses 30kWh/day. So that means this could produce about 17% of your energy consumption. Even though this is the current capacity of the model for sale, they do say their turbine is scale-able up to 300kWh/day.

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    What is the minimum air speed needed to generate that?

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    Good question! It actually doesn’t say that in the article, however it does say that it generates 3-5kWh, with 5 being the max so even on a low wind day you should still get 3kWh.

    I did a little bit of research though and it says that the average wind speed in India (where this is from) is 4.4 miles per hour if that helps.

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If you have one in Chicago it can power 4 houses.

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Umm the average large fridge in Aus uses 180 watts of power or less when running! So 3-5Kw is a lot of energy for 3rd world countries. It’s India so their power is based on 240 volts, so double the output to get American equivalent (3Kw at 240 volts= 6+Kw at 110 volts). I bought a 1300watt wind generator with 6 metre (20 foot) tower, delivered included off eBay $Aus780 or about $500 US, for use on our farm in Australia.

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Makes a great wall hanging too.

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Why does ecosnippets continually publish and republish these things. The claims are bogus and the numbers just don’t add up.

I really wish they had some sort of review process.

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And you’ll get a lot more real use from a turbine than a hand-held distraction machine.

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That’s great. Now where can I, living in the U.S., buy one?

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    I bet google could tell you…

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    I bet it could, but the article didn’t, and their webpage is remarkably short on details, though you can register “to become and early adopter”, which requires your delivery address.

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This headline is just not true. Ecosnippets, shame on you.

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HOLEH!!! Real and for true? Where does one get one of these engineering marvels? If indeed they do exist.

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    The costs of manufacturing, permitting, and construction are much lower in India. Their entire electric infrastructure is a mess due to pervasive theft of electricity. Legitimate businesses who need reliable power usually run their own generators.

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My condo uses 7 – 8 kW hours per day in summer. We have no air-conditioning. You need 15 – 20 kph steady wind.

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There has to be some catch. I’m guessing that it has to be very high up to actually catch much wind in most places. Maybe these are illegal to have in the US. Maybe the electricity storage costs a lot or is a hassle. There has to be a reason why everyone isn’t doing this.

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    Because to power a house you would want a 4kw turbine . The one here isn’t even 1kw false advertising . Plus you also need wind

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FALSE INFORMATION: That is the cost of one that will run a handful of light bulbs, (not a stove or fridge) only and that is the “in box cost”. Now figure the tower that is several grand more, if and only if you can get a permit to erect it where you live. Then you need the $500. charge voltage management controller and the $2000 battery pack. And the $500 inverter. And some engineering tossed in. And you got nothing when the wind does not blow.

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    You. I like you.

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    it seems John, you have NOT kept up with the new type wind mills & thier tech. You talking from 70’s tech. A COMPLETE KIT w/ tower is less then $1200 now

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    Sorry to bust your make believe bubble. Feel free to go on living in your little world.

    Quote we got for tower only was $7000. installed with minimal concrete footings. 4 years ago. Plus $2500. for engineering study to present to the building permit officer before application. (Strength of tower, wind resistance, etc) That was non refundable even if no permit was granted. Tower must be located 2.5 time its height away from any property line or building. (For a 60 foot tower, that is 60 foot down sand 150 foot lateral cable run.. 210 foot.. Meaning lot of voltage loss before reaching batteries) Must have sign off from conservation authority that it is not bird migratory flute. Must have signed affidavit from all property owners surrounding property. Must have signoff from Electrical Power Authority re safety of installation. (Fee for inspection). All work must be done by licensed electrical contractor. (Big bucks in those last two). Firepower insurance company said no coverage if there was an electrical fire in home or outbuildings. Municipality say they wanted annual safety inspection by engineer at our cost.

    Would never pay for itself.

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    It is an easy fix. Build your own Old Fashioned Wind Mill on a small scale version, operates is decorative and generates your own power. Screw the ready made. This for the folks whom have a wind whip location on their land.

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    Don’t know where you live, but for mist folks you do not just go build something lime a tower. You need a permit first or you get slammed with fines and court order to remove at your expense.

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ECOSNIPPETS……..STOP SHOWING THis LIE DON’T TRUST YOU NOW

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Entire home of 1room lols

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It would be interesting to know who is behind these pages that show these bs posts that all they do is turn the people against the government . They continually say You can have free power feee water free everything except the evil government want to control you . Total bs pages

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Maybe not as efficient as it could be but still a step in a positive direction

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    Yeah right. Nuclear or new generation coal would do better.

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They are also very noisy.

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Don’t matter in the US they will fine you or say you can’t have one.

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    the New England states passed many years ago that if you produce power over what you use, the power companies HAVE to buy it from you at what they sell it for

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You mean AND the entire house.

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Sandra Kartman

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The average US home uses about 901 KW per month or about 6 times what the highest rating of this wind generator.

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    Where. I’d like to purchase 1

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    Yaseen Aziz built it you have the skills

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Sorry to say many of the solar solutions do not make economic sense. Looked at Solar City for AZ house and found savings were overestimated and production was less than the sales person outlined.

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If the naysayers had been in control of the first cars, airplanes, electricity, and telephones, we’d still be in the horse & buggy dark ages. This is a start!

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Well, then don’t move to Maine because their Asshole Governor LaPoop has gotten into bed with Big Energy and now all the Off Gridders Solar Wind exectra are now taxed to Hell for generating their own electricity. That’s right folks Mainers got Fucked Again by their Shit Bag Governor LaPoop. The Tax Man is coming for you on your Off Grid Cabin with a bill. How is that for bending over. Eyes Wide Shut or What? Why are the Mainers not Fighting Mad? This is clearly a Greed Control and Power Grab. This is unconstitutional and wrong on every level. So don’t move to Maine you will get Fucked over and over again and it won’t be a pleasure. Most Off Gridders are selling and moving out to Rhode Island and New Hampshire some even to Northern Middle of the country some North West out Oregon way.,Federation for Humanity not Insanity. Fact Checkers.

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Lol power a house on 600w lol serious

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great idea, nothing like being off the grid.

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Maybe in Africa, but not Canada

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only if the wind blows ??????

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And only if you want to run led lights and charge up a smartphone or laptop. Boil a kettle of water, run a washing machine cycle? Dream on. 600W won’t do it. Nice idea, though.

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I keep seeing this but you can’t actually buy it anywhere.

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I power my shop hot tub and well pump. Its a start. Saves about 25-40% on my power bill.

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And for the cost of a good second hand pickup truck you can buy the tower to mount it on! And for the cost of a messy divorcé you can hire the layers and consultants you will need to get the permits to erect it.

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With all the positive aspects of alternative energy why is necessary to headline such BS nonsense. Get real with the pricing infos.

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Will wait until price goes down and get the 300kw a day

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You may have trouble getting it okayed by local authorities. Ireland gave tax credits to anyone who put wind turbines on their roofs.

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