Atlanta, December 14, 2011 — Siemens Industry Inc.'s Drive Technologies Division has launched a pilot program partnership with Boston-based Eastern Wind Power to test several new solutions for decentralized power generation in the small-mid range.
Siemens partnered with Eastern Wind Power for a proposed six-month pilot program in which the two parties integrated a Siemens 55kW permanent magnet generator and Energy Conversion System within the first prototype of Eastern Wind Power's Vertical Axis Wind Turbine.
The project is being conducted at Martha's Vineyard Airport in Edgartown, Massachusetts where the airport manager and staff have enthusiastically lent their support.
Eastern Wind Power believes its Sky Farm concept of mounting between 10-20 50kW VAWT's on the roofs of commercial or residential high-rise buildings is the most efficient way to produce on-site distributed green energy in urban areas which are land-poor but building-rich.
According to Haar, the company's 50kW VAWT on a high-rise can generate about 45,000 kWh of electricity annually — equal to the electricity needed to power about seven residences for 12 months.
The turbine is connected to the NSTAR grid, the largest Massachusetts-based investor-owned electric and gas utility. The companies are logging real time data including kilowatt output credited to the airport, temperature, wind speed and wind direction. Upon completion of small wind safety certification this winter, the companies expect to build an install a second unit atop a high-rise building in Boston for further testing.