In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, Green Energy Technologies LLC, Ohio’s only OEM wind turbine manufacturer, unveiled the first commercially installed WindCube(R), now in service on the roof of the new Crown Battery Renewable Energy Center in Port Clinton’s Lake Erie Business Park.
Based on initial site analysis and testing, at winds of 14 mph it is estimated that the 60kW WindCube will generate approximately 150,000 kilowatt hours of power annually. This will offset Crown’s peak energy consumption, reducing its electric bill and helping FirstEnergy meet aggressive energy efficiency goals. The installation will be the first commercial rooftop wind turbine in Ohio to provide on-site supplemental power generation using net metering. The turbine has been commissioned and is now net metered to FirstEnergy’s grid.
“This is an important milestone for our company and for advancing the concept of on-site commercial wind power generation in urban and suburban locations,” said Mark Cironi, president and founder of Green Energy Technologies. “Crown Battery’s Renewable Energy Center is the perfect location for the WindCube.”
Hal Hawk, president of Crown Battery, said the company’s new facility will use renewable energy in the formation charging of batteries – the last step in the manufacturing process – as well as develop new technologies for energy storage markets around the world.
“To better position the WindCube as a visible example of renewable energy, we’ve mounted a large LED screen on the building,” said Hawk. “You’ll be able to see a display of real time data associated with the project, including wind speed, kilowatts of energy being generated by the WindCube at any given moment and cumulatively, and total carbon reduction.”
Green Energy Technologies introduced the WindCube at the Windpower 2009 Conference & Exhibition in Chicago in May. By capturing and amplifying the wind, the WindCube fills a previously unmet need for turbines that can be placed into service in a small footprint, producing the same amount of energy as a traditional turbine (50 foot in diameter) in a 22x22x12-foot frame. Because of the amplification effect, the WindCube is able to capture wind energy as low as 5 mph. In states with excellent renewable energy incentives, moderate wind and high electric rates, such as Ohio, the payback can be as little as three years.
Energy management, HVAC and roofing company Roth Bros., Inc. of Youngstown installed and oversaw commissioning of the WindCube and will provide 24/7 monitoring of energy usage using an online remote system that it designed for this particular turbine.
“This is the first of several installations we intend to complete in the coming months,” said Cironi. “On-site generation is the future of wind energy, and the interest in this product has been phenomenal.”
Green Energy Technologies LLC (www.getsmartenergy.com) was founded in 2006 and is based in Akron, Ohio. WindCube is a registered trademark of Green Energy Technologies.