INSIGHT

INSIGHT

Low efficiency, direct and indirect costs (including the carbon footprint of the WT materials) shift the economic indicators of the VAWT project to the risky area VAWT (Gipe, 2009). Many countries do not provide subsidies for the green power generation owners. Until the VAWT become more profitable, it is unlikely that they will be of interest as a basis for the distributed generation.
If people are offered the VAWT with the price at 50% of the current price, shown the income calculations in the absence of “green subsidies”, the probability of the VAWT purchase will grow tremendously. The VAWT are especially important to the people who do not have a stable power supply, a lot of such and who spend a lot of resources for heating and cooling their houses.
If VAWT are produced from industrial waste that is typical of megacities, this will open a window of opportunity to dramatically improve the project’s interest and income indicators. Such a VAWT will allow to resolve the matter of commercial replication of the VAWT by poor people without breaching the rights granted by the WT Patent. Such a WT will allow creating new workplaces in small workshops, which will act as middlemen and business-partners, and are acutely interested in the construction of new WTs and maintenance of the existing ones.
The WT will allow giving the second life to the technical waste, will fill the deserted areas with power-generation capacities and will allow creating hundreds of points for the profit generation and workplaces creation. The consumers with high income and esthetic demands will be proud for using such a truly “green” VAWT.
The prospects of distributed hydrogen energy face the serious issue of transportation and sale of even small quantities of hydrogen to the owners of hydrogen power generators. Gaseous hydrogen is actually an accumulator of power, as it can be used in the “deferred” mode in the hydrogen cells of the power generator with an efficiency rate of 60-80%. Distributed generation based on “for oneself” principle can ensure such availability. Thus, the opportunities for creating smaller VAWT with a life span of 20 years for distributed generation of hydrogen by sea water electrolysis. The exothermic electrolytic reaction at minimal technical execution becomes at the same time a source of heat energy, which is valuable for the cold climate.

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