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Take a deep breath and read this: I don't know what it is about small wind turbines, and vertical axis wind turbines in particlar, but when you get the bug it is really hard to shake off; I got the bug years ago and it caused by help bring about the construction of a Ropatec WRE0.60 VAWT on the Townsville foreshore (since lost in a cyclone) anyway, there are hundreds of designs some of which are shown here as well as large, innovative wind turbines, as well.

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Forgen Antarctica


The Forgen Antarctic is a small VAWT made by British firm Forgen Renewables. They are particularly suited to the harsh, cold and windy conditions of the Antarctic.

Eastern Wind Power VAWT

Eastern Wind Power, Inc. (EWP), based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has designed, built and tested a Sky Farm™ 50 kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) to be roof mounted on high-rise buildings, and a 30 kW VAWT to be pole mounted in open, high wind areas. We have joint ventured with Siemens Industry, Inc. which has developed our generator and inverter system.


Aeolo Wind Turbine


Aeolos wind turbine is a leading small wind turbines manufacturer in the world. Aeolos wind turbine was founded in Denmark in 1986. After 20 years development, Aeolos engineer team could provide various wind energy solutions for different customers. Aeolos owned seven patents on wind generator, control systems, blade design and inverter. Aeolos wind turbine has built an international reputation in small wind turbines industry.

Flower Turbines by Levithan Energy

Flower Turbines - Vertical Axis Wind Turbines by Levithan Energy.

The Wind Tulip - your choice of wind turbine – cost-effective, silent, vibration-free, beautiful, and long-lasting, the wind turbine to produce green energy and live next to with pride for many years to come. The Wind Tulip is designed for producing clean energy at low starting speeds from any direction while allowing people to enjoy living next to it.


Urban Green Energy


Urban Green Energy is a world leader in small wind energy and renewable energy systems. UGE designs, manufactures, and markets cutting-edge vertical axis wind turbines and hybrid wind/solar streetlamps which exceed the standards of safety, reliability, and excellence our customers expect.

Proven Wind Turbines

I see these little buggers everywhere... Proven Energy is an industry leader in small scale wind with over 3,500 wind turbines in the field spanning 60 countries and every continent. Proven Energy's high performance wind turbines have been engineered and manufactured in Scotland for 30 years.


Aerotecture Turbines


The 610V Aeroturbine consists of a helical rotor and airfoils housed within a 6 ft. x 10 ft. steel cage and weighs approximately 450 lbs. with the alternator attached. The 610V is intended for vertical mounting and can be either bolted or ballasted down. Vertical Aeroturbines work well in winds from any direction, and therefore the presence of a dominant wind direction is not critical. The 610V is modular and may be stacked when needing more power. 

Windspire Energy

Affordable, attractive, and ultra quiet, Windspire wind turbines give you the power to create clean energy from the natural wind just outside your door. At only 30 feet tall and four feet wide Windspire wind turbines are appropriate for urban, suburban and rural environments. Elegantly engineered, scalable and made in America, Windspires come as a complete system.


Kitegen - renewable energy from high level wind


Kite Gen is the latest evolution of wind energy exploitation. It is a radically new and innovative concept that may be the most practical and sound solution, in the market of renewable sources, to the world’s energy needs and problems. KiteGen can exploit an unexploited, virtually endless and almost universally available energy power: high altitude wind.
Wind Buster


A small vertical-axis wind turbine for use on sites with changeable wind direction. No need to re-orientate the WindBuster, the vertical blades collect the maximum power from all wind directions and are very quiet compared to horizontal (propeller-type) wind turbines. We offer one-size (6m high, 3.25m diameter) vertical-axis turbine with various mast heights.

Swift Wind
This is the first quiet, structure or pole-mountable wind turbine that generates electricity by harnessing the power of the wind — providing you a cost effective energy source for residential, community, and industrial use.


Wind Ports


Simple concept and ease of construction, reliable and performing, rapid mounting, without the need of a large crane - Can be installed on several rooftops - Modular concept from 5 to 20 kW and more upon request, without increasing the base square footage - Can withstand winds of 200 km/h when standard propeller units must be stopped at winds of 70 km/h - Absolutely noise free and without vibrations -Minimal required maintenance.
Wind Tamer
WindTamer turbines produce more than double the power of traditional wind turbines for a faster return on investment. The turbines not only provide clean energy, they also are silent, safe for birds and only as tall as a flag pole.


Timar Wind


A small vertical-axis wind turbine for use on sites with changeable wind direction. No need to re-orientate the WindBuster, the vertical blades collect the maximum power from all wind directions and are very quiet compared to horizontal (propeller-type) wind turbines. We offer one-size (6m high, 3.25m diameter) vertical-axis turbine with various mast heights.

A wind turbine is using aerodynamic effect to rotate blades and transform wind into mechanical energy, the mechanical energy then transformed into electric power through generator. The modernized wind turbine can achieve power conversion efficiency between 20-40%. Unlike those large commercial wind turbines, small wind turbines have been widely used to provide distributed power for a variety of applications around the world, such as remote homes and telecommunication systems.


Ogin Energy Shrouded Wind Turbine


Douglas F. Gray, a senior mechanical engineering student at Western New England College, spent his summer at FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp. designing towers strong enough to hold the company's innovative power generators aloft. “The idea that my work is going to help make green energy a reality is exciting,” said Gray.
Nheolis Neowind 3D
Developed in partnership with CNRS (The French National Center for scientific research) and the French Aerospace Lab ONERA , NHEOLIS technology is the result of several years of R&D. NHEOLIS pioneers the use of Bernoulli principle in fluid dynamics, fully exploited in the nheowind 3D design. Unique in small wind, this design provides four key advantages to the nheowind 3D: silence - Performance - Robustness - Design


Enessere Wind Turbine


ENESSERE is a company active in the market for green technologies. We place ourselves between high technology and quality craftsmanship, providing innovative products and highly personalized. We work closely with the customer, offering a bespoke service. Thanks to the network and new technologies we operate on a global scale, fully capturing the best opportunities that this offers us.

Windside wind turbines for battery charging are a unique and ecological solution for energy production wherever energy is needed. They have been developed to meet the requirements of the most demanding professional use in the harshest of environments: Their unique design features ensure, high efficiency, long life span, durability and an absolute minimum of maintenance.


Makani Power High Altitude Wind Generator

Airborne Wind Energy. The Makani Airborne Wind Turbine is a tethered wing that generates power by flying in large circles where the wind is stronger and more consistent. It eliminates 90% of the material used in conventional wind turbines, and can access winds both at higher altitudes and above deep waters offshore — resources that are currently untapped. Our goal is the utility-scale deployment of airborne turbines in offshore wind farms.


Broadstar Energy VAWT Turbine


The AeroCam technology is the first truly viable renewable wind energy solution for the commercial environment. The proprietary AeroCam wind turbine technology can be mounted on rooftops or free-standing towers at commercial and industrial sites with moderate wind conditions. The modular wind energy system integrates multiple 11kW AeroCam wind turbines to accommodate site-specific energy needs.

Eco Whisper Turbine features a unique 30 blade design that is virtually silent and up to 30 percent more efficient than traditional noisy 3-bladed designs. There are 2 models: the Eco Whisper Turbine 650 (20 kW) and the Eco Whisper Turbine 325 (5 kW).


Eco-Energy Implux Urban Turbine

IMPLUX is an innovative omni-directional, vertical axis, wind power generating device which utilizes the well proven axial, aerofoil rotor in a, non-moving, wind capturing shroud. It has only one major moving component, the turbine rotor. The patented device incorporates, horizontal fixed toroidal blades which capture, streamline and accelerate wind from any direction into a central chamber where a turbine rotor generates electricity.


Art Turbine - a beautified Vertical Axis Wind Turbine


The ART Turbine is a patented Vertical Axis Wind (VAWT) that converts energy from a moving fluid to useful shaft power that can be used to generate electricity, pump water, or do many other useful things. The ART Turbine is constructed as a single moving part system, with the turbine blade containing a magnet array, which revolves around a stationary internal mast which carries the stator windings. 
Spinfloat Marine VAWT

Spinfloat - name says it all: it spins and it floats. A pan-European initiative led by by France's ASAH LM, the Spinfloat marine vertical axis wind turbine, is tipped at 6 MW.  With pitched blades, the unit is mounted ona semi-submersible tri-floater and can be installed in water depths of several hundred meters.


SAWT - marine wind turbines VAWT Design


SAWT stands for State of the Art Wind Technology. We are state of the Art Wind Technologies (SAWT), a global leader in the research, design and manufacturing of vertical axis wind turbines. We have revolutionized the design and performance of Vertical Axis Wind turbines making our 4th generation products highly efficient and extremely reliable. We are headquartered in the USA, our R&D center and manufacturing is in China.
Vertax Wind offshore VAWT
VertAx Wind Limited was formed in 2007 out of Eurowind Developments Ltd with the objective of developing a multi-megawatt wind turbine generator for use specifically offshore. The company's aim is to substantially reduce the cost of offshore wind energy whilst re-establishing a wind turbine manufacturing activity within British industry and thus creating new 'Green Jobs' within the United Kingdom.


Sea Twirl - marine VAWT with a twist


SeaTwirl is a unique solution that absorbs offshore wind energy. SeaTwirl is a simple solution without a transmission line or roller-bearing taking up the weight of the turbine. Instead SeaTwirl uses water as a plain bearing. SeaTwirl is expected to take wind power to a new level of scale and cost effectiveness.
Arbor Wind darrius design VAWT
Ideal for rural areas, our first product is a 60kw machine for agriculture, education, business, and communities. The most advanced Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) delivering superior low-cost of energy performance and environmentally sensitive power versus traditional propeller designs.


Gual Statoeolien - a French wind turbine


Designed for the range of purposes, The GUAL STATOEOLIAN produces unlimited amounts of energy. It is a revolutionary concept with a vertical axis composed of a fixed stator channeling the wind at its optimal force onto a mobile rotor. The energy is carried by the wind and transformed into electricity, which can be resold to groups already selling electricity or stocked or re-used on site.
JLM Energy
The Wind Array Turbine System (WATS) technology consists of several, diverse, yet inter-related pieces of technology combining the fields of aerodynamics, power electronics and digital control into a seamless range of products. Air Blades were designed using analytical, computational fluid dynamics and empirical techniques.


Altaeros Energies High Altitude Wind Turbine


Altaeros Energies is developing a breakthrough airborne wind turbine to produce abundant, low cost, renewable energy. Altaeros uses safe and reliable aerospace technology to lift wind turbines to operate at higher heights where winds are much stronger and more consistent than on the ground. Altaeros turbines are designed for easy mobility and rapid deployment at remote, military, and offshore sites.


Whetar is a novel, internationally patented device for wind energy exploitation, characterized by two double contra-rotating rotors encased in a housing duct. This unique blend of technologies gives it unparalleled advantages over any other conventional wind turbines today. It is highlighted with 3 following major advances: virtually no noise - almost no vibration - 5 times more  power 


Saphon Energy


Now this is unique. The Saphon has been developed in Tunisia and is represented by a beautiful website. But the most stunning bit is that this wind turbine is not actually a turbine. Energy is generate through pistons somehow attached to the 'blade'. Developers say that because it is not a turbine it can exceed the Betz Law - the theoretical limit to the efficiency of a bladed wind turbine.