Kingspan has recently launched Kingspan Wind and with it, the introduction of two small high yield wind turbines (3kW and 6kW).

Kingspan Environmental and Renewables managing director, Ralph Mannion, commented, “We believe wind power has a significant part to play in meeting pressing government zero carbon targets and the launch of Kingspan Wind marks our commitment to long term growth and investment in this sector.

“The turbines complement our existing portfolio of top of the range renewable technology and services perfectly, and we look forward to delivering a new, unique and trusted solution with wind power.”

Aimed at rural domestic, small holdings and agricultural applications, Kingspan Wind turbines blades pitch and cone, allowing for continual operation in all wind conditions, and do not need to brake in high winds to protect themselves.

Mannion continued, “Our turbines not only generate some or all of a premise’s energy usage, they have the ability to provide a healthy source of new income for customers, qualifying for Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) payments from the government for every kilowatt hour of electricity generated, as well as an export tariff for surplus electricity sold back to the grid. For example, at sites with wind speeds of over 6.5m/s, our 6kW turbine can generate an annual income and savings of over £6,000 each year and CO2 savings of 9.6 tonnes.”

The high yield KW3 and MCS certified KW6 turbines are designed to class 1 with survival wind speeds of 54-70m/s. With a downwind, self regulating design, the turbines automatically track the wind direction so there is no need for an active yaw control. The turbine blades pitch and cone to provide a unique over speed protection system, eliminating the need for brakes and ensuring uninterrupted operation even in high winds. The KW6 model provides a Reference Annual Energy (RAE) of 8,949 kWh at 5m/s (annual mean wind speed), while the KW3 provides an RAE of 4,700kWh. Both turbines come with a five year product warranty as standard.