When we think of wind power, we mainly think of large, sprawling wind farms, but in developing nations, smaller, distributed wind projects could be a perfect fit.
Several thousand villages across India are not connected to the national grid. In those rural areas, one small wind turbine could generate enough electricity to cover the basic needs of a home, like cooling and lighting. Localized, distributed wind power would also carry the advantage of not needing expansive transmission lines to carry electricity from centralized power plants to remote villages.
That type of one-turbine-per-house project is just what India's Tata Group (best known for the incredibly cheap Tata Nano) is hoping to start bringing to those villages. Tata is starting to test a 2 kW, roof-mounted turbine that would be able to power multiple ceiling fans (60 W rated) and lights (40 W). If linked with battery systems for back-up power, other appliances could run on the wind as well.
via Earth Industry
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