A young company, Cleanfield Energy based in Toronto, Canada, has begun installing its innovative, vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) on city rooftops and in urban areas around the world in what it calls a radical departure from the large wind farms that have been developed in the past.
Instead of locating turbines in rural and remote areas, and then having to build towers and transmission lines to get the power to market, Cleanfield is pioneering a turbine that can be placed on or near the buildings that use the power.
The company says it has wind turbines installed in the US, Canada, Slovenia, China and Ireland to date.
Cleanfield’s vision is to create systems of distributed power generation with hundreds of thousands of turbines producing energy at the point of use.
The company’s proprietary VAWTs are designed and engineered specifically for the variable and chaotic winds that are characteristic of urban environments.
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