I have been writing periodic updates about an award-winning new wind power technology, called RidgeBlade, being commercialized in the U.K. It is designed specifically to match the profile of a roofline and can be installed horizontally in series. There is no tower or large blades. It is claimed to be remarkably efficient and quiet “reliably producing electricity in low or variable wind conditions with little visual impact”.
It’s exciting to hear that the larger RidgeBlade units (RB2) are now being installed at commercial sites “for evaluation”. Smaller units intended for residential use (RB1) are expected to be on the market next year. Here, the opportunity to generate power at sites in close proximity to a body of water, like Lake Simcoe, where winds are more consistent is promising.
“testing has shown that a 12m RB2 installation will produce in excess of 3,200kwh per year in an average UK location.”
A brief look at some online data suggests that average wind speed in Innisfil is in a range similar to much of the UK, about 5 to 7 metres per second. No power generation data is published yet for residential units and results will vary according to the actual site and orientation of an installation. With the potential for many rooftops to be a power plant, RidgeBlade may yet change the UK’s energy landscape as well as the economy of Great Britain and beyond. When it becomes available here, RidgeBlade coupled with net metering may offer a significant measure of energy independence to many businesses and homes.