Rooftop Wind Turbine Prototype From Australia

Here’s an interesting wind turbine from an inventor in Perth, Australia. See the full press release over the fold..

Perth householders could soon be using the “Fremantle Doctor” to save energy and cut electricity bills.

Premier and Minister for Science and Innovation, Alan Carpenter today announced State Government funding for two projects that could lead the way to electricity being generated from small wind turbines on suburban roofs.

Mr Carpenter said $34,000 would be provided to local inventor Graeme Attey, who has developed a modular wind turbine system that sits neatly on a roof to generate power for a home.

The funding, from the Government’s Sustainable Energy Development Office (SEDO) Grants program, will help Mr Attey develop the system for commercialisation.

“Mr Attey’s design has considerable advantages over other residential systems that are being developed in other parts of the world,” Mr Carpenter said.

“There are no visible rotating blades; it is quiet; it is not an eyesore; it should be relatively cheap and can operate in variable urban winds.

“And the system is modular, so you can produce as much energy as you want by simply connecting units together. I am told that five units could produce enough electricity to run an average household.”

Mr Carpenter said another $28,000 had been awarded to Dr Jonathan Whale from Murdoch University to obtain data on the best practice placement of rooftop wind systems.

The Premier said wind sensors would be installed on the roofs of buildings owned by the City of Melville and monitoring and computer simulation studies would be carried out.

The findings would ensure rooftop systems were as efficient and cost-effective as possible.

“It would be a fantastic outcome if these projects helped to create the technology and the environment that allowed householders to use the wind to generate their own electricity,” Mr Carpenter said.

“It would save money for householders in reduced electricity costs and save the environment through reduced greenhouse gas emissions.”

The State Government is aiming to reduce Western Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent of 2000 levels by the year 2050.

Mr Carpenter said WA was a world leader in the development of innovative, renewable energy solutions. Other technologies developed in the State include:

– the wind-diesel technology installed by Verve Energy in remote areas of WA including Hopetoun, Coral Bay and Rottnest Island and now being considered for other parts of Australia and the world;
– Verve Energy’s integrated wood processing project that uses mallee trees grown on farms to produce electricity, activated carbon and eucalyptus oil; and
– new wave-energy technology invented and designed in WA to produce ‘green’ electricity and fresh water.

“The Government’s new $36.5million Low Emissions Energy Development Fund will also support the development of technologies like these which cut greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Carpenter said.

Energy Minister Francis Logan said more than $250,000 would be distributed under SEDO’s grants program to new projects as part of the State Government’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Mr Logan said each project had been judged to promote sustainable energy practices, benefit the broader community and assist the development of the local sustainable energy industry.

“The Carpenter Government supports community initiatives that reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions,” Mr Logan said.

“These are important issues and by funding community-based projects, as well as research and development initiatives, we are investing in a sustainable energy future.”

Comments 32

  1. Pls inform me when your turbines are available.I live in Greenmount,W.A.I have a large house with only three occupants How many turbines would you recommend?Is your product available yet.My mobile 0417810160I am interested in purchasing them soon.
    Kindest Regards
    Mike Forrester

  2. Very good product. Did it ever get off the ground as was said? would be very interested to know.
    thanx J

  3. Monsieur Jean Carré
    24, 26 Rue Camelinat
    89270 Mailly la Ville
    Télé. 333386814006
    Mail: jean.carre9@wanadoo.fr

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    I have the honour to bring to your attention the results of a working life in the exploitation of the wind.
    The last prototype has functioned for more than 25 years.
    It does not appear at the end of the service, and the evolution still comprising some innovations lets hope for 100 years of exploitation. Sustainable development with this material can exist! !
    Any possible change of element is done without descending the pylon with light means.
    Our technology appears applicable to great achievements.
    The approach that I made of this question is a world exclusiveness. It is right since this wind power is reliable. Its weight, 2.800 kgs pylon of 33 meters included/understood.
    It should never be stopped in a durable way.
    Reliable, this machine is managed in a completely autonomous way, out of any external dependence, network, electronics, data processing, auxiliary system, use. It can be equipped with various electric machines standards and is appropriate for all uses.
    74 years old, I seek a developer.
    I will bring the contest of my experiment.

    At your disposal, Sincere greetings
    Jean Carré

  4. You’ve got a lot of orders. You might need people to work for you. count me in. I’ve been doing wind turbines.

  5. I am very interested in the product, Where and can I purchase the rooftop wind turbine. Seriously interested!
    Can you send me information regarding cost and availability.
    I am curious about what exactly would be included in the purchase price.

  6. I want to promote this on my website and on my pod casts. There are many regular people out there who want to grow their own vegetables indoors and also winterover their tropical plants indoors. But, the cost of the lighting and heating is unreasonable. How can I purchase the plans and help my many viewers? GAiL, The Pond Plant Girl Show.com

  7. I am very interested in the product. Can you send me information regarding cost and availability. I live in the United States. In addition, I am curious about what exactly would be included in the purchase price.



  8. Hi,
    I am VERY interested to buy a lot of your turbines and also to help distribute them in Quebec Canada area. Please send some updates on the development of the comercial turbine.
    No news is bad news usualy.

  9. Hi. I’m interested in this product for my home in QLD. Is it in production phase yet for personal use? I would appreciate contact details to find out more. Thanks. Dani

  10. Hiya,
    I’m liking this product a lot. It has real potential. Have you thought of a way to make it rotate to capture the best wind conditions on the day? On flat roofs, this would be easy.
    I’d be interested in buying enough to run my house, but also in distributing these in Victoria, Aust.

  11. I am very interested in your product and would like further information to introduce and distribute in all the Middle East. You can contact me via email nayef@swbell.net or my cell +1 832-641-1974 in USA.

  12. I am also very interested in Mr Attey’s wind turbines.
    I would like to help get this project off the ground in Qld.
    Please email me his details for contact or pass mine on to him for me.

  13. I am also interested in marketing your turbine here in California. I live in a rather windy area, sales of your product would be quite good.

  14. i would like to know how to contact mr. Graeme Attey regarding his wind turbine invention. I would appreciate if you could email me his contact numbers or email. Thanks.


  15. I am interested in purchasing one for my home. I am also interested in distribution in the United States. Please contact me with any information. Thank you

  16. I`m interestet in distributing your product in germany and europe. please contoct me

  17. Very interested in your product and would welcome further information. We need to start getting serious about the use of wind power!

  18. I am very interested in your product and would like further information to introduce and distribute in South Africa.

  19. I am very interested in your product and would like further information to introduce and distribute in the United States. You can contact me via email matt@infopal.us or my cell 954 829 9588.

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