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Honeywell Windtronics

The following are a series of articles about the "Honeywell" Windtronics roof top wind turbine. This design first came to prominence in western Michigan in late 2008. The development, promotion, and marketing of this design should serve as a cautionary tale. At the time, the wind turbine was hyped as "revolutionary". While it was novel it was not revolutionary. Others had built "bicycle wheel" turbines before and, of course, others had also tried to use circumferential magnets at the edge of the wheel.

TAM Energy Still Spinning WindTronics Hype--Will This Thing Ever Die?

January 9, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Honeywell WindTronics may be dead but that doesn’t stop others from spinning the WindTronics hype. [more]

Category: Windtronics

WindTronics Took Millions from Ontario Then Unconvincingly Blames the Province

January 9, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

“The province gave the company $2.7 million to open in Windsor — under one condition. The company promised there would be 200 workers in the plant by the end of this year. That is now very unlikely,”...[more]

Category: Windtronics

Curse of Honeywell Windtronics Keeps on Giving

December 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Let this be a warning to you skeptics, critics, and debunkers of new-fangled wind turbine flim flam. It will come home to haunt you. Are you listening Mick Sagrillo?[more]

Category: Windtronics

Honeywell Windtronics--ACE Hardware’s Revenge

February 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It was an odd call. An ACE hardware store deep in Michigan called with a request for parts to the infamous Honeywell Windtronics “wind turbine”. Naturally I was curious why an ACE hardware store was...[more]

Category: Windtronics

Honeywell Windtronics Kaputt--Finally an End to a Sad Saga of a “Revolutionary Roof Top Wind Turbine”

June 28, 2013,   by Paul Gipe

The true tragedy of this sad saga is that anyone with a modicum of technical expertise would easily have seen that the entire edifice was built upon a fundamentally flawed design with a business...[more]

Category: Windtronics

MiBiz: Tilting at Windmills? Beleaguered Muskegon wind turbine business closes doors

May 12, 2013,   by Elijah Brumback and Joe Boomgaard

Despite the promise of a revolutionary new technology for small-scale wind energy, one local company has found the industry’s headwinds too stiff to stay in business. . . Even after receiving...

Category: Windtronics

Honeywell Windtronics WT6500: October 2012 Report from the Field--Not Operating

October 23, 2012,  

The following is an email from retired civil engineer Lynn Shafer on his experience with the Honeywell Windtronics turbine. Shafer lives in Sedalia, Missouri. If the company posts a response, I'll...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

Local tool shops say WindTronics owes them money

April 2, 2012,   by Dave Battagello, Windsor Star

A pair of local tool and mold shops are owed about $375,000 by a Michigan-based wind turbine company which has closed its production plant after only two years of operation in Windsor.

Category: Windtronics

Honeywell Windtronics Photos--What It Looks Like

December 13, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

These are photos of the Honeywell Windtronics turbine on display at a vendors booth at the CanSIA exhibition in Toronto, December 5, 2011.[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

Windsor Star: Frustrated turbine firm scales back Windsor production

November 5, 2011,  

Windtronics Inc. has scaled back production of small residential and commercial wind turbines at its Windsor plant because incentives for such projects have not yet been included in the province's...

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

Consumer Reports: a new wind turbine delivers little

October 1, 2011,  

But so far, we've seen only a fraction of the total power that WindTronics says we should for our area, even after several visits from a company-authorized installer. At that rate, the Honeywell...

Category: Windtronics, Inventions & Questionable Wind Turbines

Windtronics Turbine Removed from French Test Site

August 3, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

A Windtronics wind turbine under test at SEPEN in southern France was removed within the first month of operation, according to Jay Hudnall, an expert in the French small wind turbine industry.[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

Honeywell Windtronics Update on Recommendation for 12 mph Sites

July 19, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

After posting my article Honeywell Windtronics WT6500 Report from the Field, the president of the company contacted me to note that their web site clearly says that they recommend using the turbine...[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

Honeywell Windtronics WT6500: Report from the Field

July 6, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Retired civil engineer Lynn Shafer wants to do the right thing and leave the world a better place for future generations. In 2010 he installed 5 kW of solar PV on his house near Sedalia, Missouri....[more]

Category: Rooftop & Urban Wind, Windtronics

Earthtronic's Honeywell Windtronics WT 6500--A Review

October 16, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

I've reviewed the series of preproduction wind turbine designs from Earthtronics twice before. See below.[more]

Category: Small Turbine Product Reviews, Windtronics

Earthtronics (Honeywell Windtronics) WT 6000

May 22, 2009,   by Paul Gipe

Conclusion? Again, it's unlikely that this wind turbine will produce the reported generation anywhere in Michigan by a large margin.[more]

Category: Windtronics

Renewable Devices Swift Mk II AEO

December 30, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Britain's Renewable Devices introduced its "Swift" micro turbine several years ago to criticism that its estimates of annual production were inflated. See Roof Top Over the Top in Britain. Since then...[more]

Category: Small Turbine Product Reviews, News on Small Wind, Windtronics, Renewable Devices Swift

Windtronics 760 Estimated Generation

December 30, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

It's unlikely that this wind turbine will produce the reported generation anywhere in Michigan.[more]

Category: Windtronics

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