A wind turbine can help keep your batteries charged in winter, when there is little sun. In fact, solar PV and wind complement each other: The days with little sun tend to be windy, and vice versa. The Primus AIR-series of small wind turbines has been around since 1995, with over 150,000 installed since! Theirs is a proven product, for a reasonable price.
The AIR 30 produces best at medium to high wind speeds and can work in a marine (salt spray) environment. For a low-wind environment the AIR 40 could be a better choice. Peak-power output is 440 Watt, and there are versions for 12/24/48 Volt battery-charging applications in coastal, desert or Arctic environments. It delivers the energy you need for communications, offshore structures, sailing or remote monitoring, to name a few. A small wind turbine can also be a great addition to an off-grid system, to provide energy during those dark (but windy) winter days. With a build-in charge controller, the AIR 30 provides energy quietly and efficiently. The AIR These are the official type codes:
Primus 1-AR30-10-12: 12 Volt AIR 30
Primus 1-AR30-10-24: 24 Volt AIR 30
Primus 1-AR30-10-48: 48 Volt AIR 30
It is recommended to have at least a 400 Ah @ 12V, 200 Ah @ 24V, or 100Ah @ 48V battery bank size, to avoid frequent starting/stopping of the turbine. Also recommended is Primus’ Digital Wind Control Panel to make it easier to start/stop the turbine, provide overcurrent protection, and show power production.
Be sure to check out the Primus Webinars to learn more about installation, wind resources, turbine placement etc. See our Site Selection page for the best place to install your wind turbine.
Please note that the Primus turbines start to protect themselves from overheating above wind speeds of around 35 mph (16 m/s). This means it shuts down for 2-1/2 minutes, then runs again for a some of time, and shuts down again, this repeats. The effect is much lower energy production for these very high (and unusual) wind speeds. This is normal, and necessary for the turbine’s survival.
- 1.17 meter (46″) rotor diameter
- 3.1 m/s (7 mph) startup wind speed
- Can produce 35 kWh/month at 5.8 m/s
- Can withstand winds up to 49.2 m/s (110 mph)
- Mounts on 1.5″ schedule 40 pipe, 48 mm (1.9″) outer diameter
- Advanced microprocessor technology for superior performance
- High wind protection without mechanical braking
- Lightweight design is simple and easy-to-install
- Permanent mold cast aluminum body
- High-quality, field tested components
- Warranty 5 years
Turbine Selection Matrix
||Industrial, Oil & Gas, Telecom
|AIR Silent X
||Land & Marine
|AIR X Marine