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The fallacy of horizontal or propeller wind efficiency has been perpetuated by grid-based, utility level wind energy. The facts are simple, local power is always more efficient. If we consider that all utility generated power is plagued by eighty (80%) percent transmission losses, even wind farms are less efficient than local vertical wind turbines. The opportunities for hybrid local power production through vertical wind and solar offers a nearly impervious energy solution that counters seasonal losses in wind and solar for most of North America.
The Growth of Vertical Wind Gardens
Business and educational organizations are recognizing the trends in the greening of the operational campus. The growth of local power with increasing concerns over extreme weather, national security and energy cost instability not only improves energy access, but creates a competitive and secure base for operations.
Originally designed for aerospace telemetry and power communications networks, Star Sailor Wind Turbines are supporting local and hybrid power for commercial and dark skies lighting, Wi-Fi and security systems, remote video and virtual fencing, lighted signage and of course aerospace telemetry. Also in keeping with Star Sailor's founder's and investor's personal philosophy, dedicated educational turbines for high schools and colleges.
The focus on security is not separate from the goal of creating an inviting and sustainable exterior. New products from companies like Star Sailor Energy provide options for dark skies lighting, security and Wi-Fi without the need of running high-voltage power lines. Star Sailor’s T-Com™ Hybrid and Self-Powered Platforms are designed for free-standing power applications. The hybrid T-Com™ systems utilize Star Sailor’s patented performance adaptive vertical axis turbines (VAT) that differ from conventional systems in their quiet, rugged and reliable design. Unlike conventional horizontal or propeller wind turbines, the T-Com™ units have operated in the most demanding conditions with low maintenance and a high-margin of safety for humans, birds and bats.
Living walls can further diversify not just the aesthetic, but the habitat surrounding facilities. Living walls add security and privacy while decreasing storm water run-off in dedicated rain gardens and barriers.
There are several approaches to habitat development and certification. Most modern landscape architects will have at least a passing understanding of habitat definitions and components. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) provides a set of requirements and guidelines. Local wildlife and conservation groups can also provide information on the types of habitat support that will be the most productive for your area.
Simple components such as salamander towers, bat boxes and rain gardens with ground cover will establish support for a variety of local wildlife. Further these habitat support components will add diverse aesthetic features to small recreation and garden areas on the corporate campus or industrial site improving the local habitat for everyone.
Architectural Wind and the Built Community
Below: 200-W prototype supporting up to 680-watts of hybrid power with solar. Storage options include battery and mechanical storage as well as instrumentation platforms, camera mounts, microwave permeable enclosures and patented remote data reporting. Networking options include Wi-Fi, cellular, mesh and mobile computing access.