Buildings, especially residential ones don't particularly like wind turbine towers mounted directly on them. The oscillations can be crazy, even on a vertical-axis unit like this. Better to have it on its own tower with plenty of unobstructed area to capture wind. In urban situations, I think photovoltaics and solar thermal hot water and space heating tend to make the most sense. Has anyone tried permitting these things in a city? Not easy. Not impossible either, but there are a bunch of factors to deal with b/c of their height, visibility, noise potential, not to mention what would the neighbors think. I'll admit though, this is one of the most beautiful VAWTs I've ever seen.
Personal Windmill Turbine: Democratic Ecology | Apartment Therapy Chicago
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This requires a bit more than math. While this is a wind appliance that is designed to offset conventional power consumption, the economics are not the only relevant piece of the puzzle. But if you want to stick to numbers, rapunzel assumed a 4-year life of the equipment. I don't think that's really realistic...people that are going to be buying these aren't likely to want a new one in that short a time. I'd say more like 8-10, but even 15-20 years is possible.
Phillipe Starck Designs Wind Turbines for Homeowners | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
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MelissaLeigh, lots of women don slinky summer dresses and high heeled pumps to ride their bikes, maybe not in the USA but they do it. Check out the dozens, maybe hundreds of photos at Copenhagen Cycle Chic.
Apartment Therapy New York | The Dutch Bicycle Company: Sexy Dutch Roadsters Email from 8.26.08
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