The skystream wind turbine has been developed by Southwest wind power . South west are a well established american wind turbine manufacturer. The Skystream 3.7 has been developed by Southwest Windpower in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and is the newest generation in residential wind technology.
Its full 1.8kW is achieved at around 10m/s with a maximum rotor speed of 325 RPM. This low RPM means that the machine operates at a very low noise level. The turbine was rated at 9 m/s but can produce 2.4 kW at 13 m/s (approx)
A number of users have reported issues with the turbine in cold freezing weather. I would recommend you read their comments on Keepturining.com
The power curve for the turbine is impressive and has been independently verified by the NREL
The turbine It’s the first all-inclusive wind generator (with controls and inverter built in) designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds.
I will be keeping this turbine in mind as it can be connected directly to the electricity supply of my home due to its built in inverter. I would prefer a higher kW output but its price might make it more attractive.
Cell Energy in Sligo stock this unit and they are in the process of providing me with a quote.
Skystream 1.8kW, 325 rpm, 0.4 W at 6 m/s, Rotor diameter 3.72 M, Power and rpm rated at 9 m/s
25 Apr 2008