Wind power is a clean and efficient source of renewable energy, and it has even become the top source for new electricity generation in the U.S. However, wind turbines are loud, making them unsuitable for use at home. Until now, that is.
The Archimedes, a Dutch company, has created a wind turbine that is silent, and sits on your roof to generate energy for your home. Called the Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine, the new power generator can significantly cut down your electricity bill.
"This compact wind turbine, with a diameter of only 5 feet, will cause a revolution in the world of generating electrical power and resistance theories," the company said in a statement. "An additional environmental advantage to the customer: The Liam F1 is virtually silent, easily fits on the roof of a house just as solar panels but does not have the disadvantages of conventional wind turbines."
The Liam F1 turbine combines a screw pump design (from the company's namesake, Greek mathematician and engineer Archimedes) with the design of a nautilus. This allows the turbine to produce 1,500 kWh of energy, at wind speeds of 5m/s. This basically accounts for half of the average household's energy usage.
The company will be selling Liam F1 for $5,400, beginning January 2015.
Learn more about Archimedes' wind turbine innovation in the video below.