The short stance of the Mag-Wind turbine seems to provide an added benefit of enabling it to keep generating in extremely high winds. It can withstand a top wind speed of over 100 mph, where most other wind turbines have safeties to stop them if wind speeds get too high (some even as low as 40 mph or less). And, it is designed to capitalize on the effect of a sloped roof increasing the wind pressure to boost its efficiency (though how well that works probably depends on the orientation of the roof and the direction of the prevailing winds).
The company claims a faster payback than solar or a typical horizontal axis wind turbine, and a cost of only 3.5 cents per kWh.
I'm somewhat concerned about how well it would work in northern winters. If I had one on my house right now, I imagine it's wide base would be clogged with ice and snow. I'm also afraid many people will find it unattractive (and tellingly, the only image of what it would look like is an edited composition, rather than a photograph of an installed turbine). But, having a lower energy bill would certaily look good to homeowners who will choose this option. And if it becomes popular, designers will certainly find ways to incorporate its look into new homes in the future.
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