Just in: world-famous French designer Phillipe Starck has designed a range of small vertical-axis wind turbines specifically for use by homeowners. Dubbed the "RevolutionAir" the turbines can be placed in yards, gardens, or on rooftops to help generate power for homes.
Available in a clear quadrangular 400W WT model with a power output of 400W and the helicoidal 1KW WT with a power output of 1 KW, the turbines will be produced by Italy's Pramac and will sell for around 2,500 euros (quadrangular) and 3,500 euros (helicoidal).
How much power is that exactly? According to GOOD, "if you had the big one running at full capacity for an hour, that would give you one kilowatt-hour of energy. To put that in perspective, the average U.S. household consumes 'about 11,000 kWh per year, costing an average of $1,034 annually.' Even if you had the big turbine running at full capacity nonstop for a year you'd still only get 8,000 kilowatt-hours.'"
At the recent unveiling in Milan, Starck was quoted as saying "We have to help people to produce energy, to be part of the fight...Energy should not be a punishment, we should create a desire [among people to produce it]."]]