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How the turbine works:
Rotatable shutters mounted on a circular disk automatically open when directed into the wind, irregardless of the wind's direction. Pairs of upper and lower shutters are geared
together. The lower shutter acts as a counterweight to the upper shutter. The bottom shutter opens in the downward direction and its weight helps to lift the upper shutter in the upward
direction, as the wind applies an opening force against both shutters....
Swaffham, Norfolk, to climb
the UK's only wind turbine open to the public.
Last week, the EU committed Europe to producing 20 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020.
In the UK, that mostly means wind power, which - contrary to some reports - is being greeted with open arms in parts of the country. One of the nation's wind-lovers is the tiny Norfolk
town of Swaffham, which is already home to two major turbines and has just received a planning application for another six
Encore Clean Energy SideWinder Wind Turbine
SideWinder wind-turbine demo unit develops tremendous torque at its central shaft even in low speed winds. The SideWinder is radically-different than any other wind turbine technology
being offered today and targets the most lucrative and currently untapped market for wind power: the low wind-speed ROOFTOP WIND market -- harnessing clean wind energy on top of mini-malls
and buildings around the world....
The UK has the largest wind resource of any country in Europe, making it the ideal choice for a renewable source of energy.
It is estimated that small scale wind generation – together with other forms of microgeneration – could provide 30-40% of all the UK’s electricity needs by
2050*. And, with price trends for crude oil continuing upwards, it is currently projected that the cost of small scale wind will be competitive with fossil fuels by as early as 2010. The
BWEA has some useful information on small wind…