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FAQ - Wind Turbine Installation

Kestrel's towers are specifically designed to bear the turbine's loadings and fill all safety requirements in order to protect you and your turbine. But you can build your own tower to the specifications that are available on request, but we cannot guarantee a structure that you have built and it may affect the warranty conditions.

Kestrel will provide you with any support, information and instructions that you require and if you feel confident you are welcome to do your own foundation work for your tower

With the correct training, knowledge or guidance it is possible to do your own servicing. However, if at any point you feel unsure consult an expert, dealer or Kestrel Wind Turbines.

Depending on your local council's requirements, you may install and erect your turbine yourself. But it is best to research the implications fully before undertaking installation; local Kestrel dealers will be able to advise you. Will I have to change any of the wiring in my house? No, there are no wiring modifications necessary. Also your Kestrel Wind System is fully compatible with all your current appliances.

Kestrel's turbines can be roof mounted on high-rise buildings with flat roofs such as university/school buildings, office blocks and tower blocks as well as a standard domestic house with special reinforcements to limit vibration damage to your roof and your turbine. This is because of the loads that the building would have to take and a normal domestic household need this special reinforcement to bear these loads.

Your turbine and tower are yours, repainting is at your discretion, subject to the warranty terms and conditions. However, Kestrel makes every effort to treat the system to protect it from flaking and chipping, but it is up to you.

Turbines can be mounted at your convenience at any distance up to 100m. Because the further away your turbine is mounted, the bigger the cable needs to be, Kestrel has assessed that any distance up to 100m is still efficient.

By contacting Kestrel Wind Turbines directly, or a Kestrel dealer, your power requirements can be assessed and the right turbine can be found to suit your needs. The dealer will help you order and install your turbine, or you can set it up yourself. This approach is not recommended unless you have some level of electrical expertise. Either way, Kestrel or its dealers are here to support your investment in personal renewable power.

Kestrel supplies towers that are specifically designed for Kestrel's wind turbines. Towers are available up to 15m for urban installations. Kestrel offers a wide range of towers with different features, depending on your installation needs.

The possibilities of small wind turbine applications are endless. Battery charging systems can be used to power homes, schools, community centres, remote locations, areas where there is no grid access, caravans, boats, farms and anything else that has a particular power requirement. Water-pumping systems can be used in any application requiring irrigation. Grid inter-tie systems will allow you to manage your conventional electricity costs.

A battery charging system provides you with a continuous turbine generated power source for your home or constant back up power for your business. The system is controlled by a regulator, which manages the power flow. Batteries are installed on the system are sized to meet your power requirement, in most cases it is around 2-3 days of stored energy. Once the batteries are fully charged, and your current power requirement is satisfied, any excess energy is converted into heat or dumped into either water or space heating.

A direct heating system is more commonly seen in solar systems. Like solar systems, wind power systems can be used to power water or space heaters.

A grid tie system feeds the turbine generated power directly onto the local grid that you are connected to. In most grid tie systems, the grid tie inverter feeds excess power onto the grid or draws electricity from the grid when there is not sufficient generated to meet your power requirement. Grid tie systems are so effective that your day to day life is not affected

A water pumping system includes a Kestrel wind turbine and a water pump. The wind power generated by your Kestrel is used to power the pump which will provide water for irrigation or any other of your needs. Unlike the current systems used to extract water from underground systems Kestrels do not need to placed directly above the water source. Your Kestrel can be placed in the best possible wind site and attached to the pump through cables as better technology has been utilised to improve traditional water pumping systems

Annually checking for any loose bolts or blade damage, which may cause unnecessary vibrations in your Kestrel wind system. Every 5 years or so, the system should be closely checked for corrosion and treated with touch ups or replacements.

Simply, your turbine should be located in the most wind exposed area possible to gain the full potential benefit from your turbine. You can identify the best position by evaluating each site for wind potential. You can assess the site yourself, or with the assistance of a Kestrel dealer, also to determine which system is the best possible system for your needs. If you choose to do it yourself an anemometer will help you measure wind potential, also be aware of high obstacles like trees, buildings or hills which can block or affect wind flow to your turbine. These obstacles significantly reduce the wind potential of the site.

Servicing and maintenance is closely linked to the wind regime in your area, visual inspection is usually sufficient in moderate wind regimes. However, it is recommended that all bearings are replaced, regardless, every 5 years, approximately.

The Kestrel tower manuals specify exact space requirements, but as a guide the foundation of the tower requires around two metres squared, as well as a clear area in order to assemble and erect the tower itself. However Kestrel offers a wide range of towers depending on the space available to you.

There are two reasons; Firstly, the OutBack MX60 is one of the few charge controllers around that can match up the higher (and often odd) voltage panels made for grid-tie applications to battery charging applications, since it can take up to 140 volts DC on the input and match it down (at 96%+ efficiency) to almost any standard battery voltage up to 60 volts. You will require the high voltage panels for better system performance. Kestrel Charge Controllers are simply designed specifically to improve the performance of your wind turbine and is best suited to wind energy, not the hybrid energy output (yes, the solar energy does 'look different'). Rated for up to 60 amps of DC output current, the OutBack MX60 can be used with battery systems from 12 to 60 Vdc with PV open circuit voltage as high as 140 open circuit vdc (up to 6 12-volt panels in series). The MX60's setpoints are fully adjustable to allow use with virtually any batte Secondly, the Kestrel Voltage Limiter is required so that the MX60 cannot differentiate between solar and wind energy in the hybrid system, thereby maximising the output of your systems.