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- Planning permission for wind turbines: Regulations and Tips
Wind turbines are becoming ever more popular among homeowners with the great source of renewable energy being ever more useful in the current energy market. With this addition to any property, understandably many TESUP customers who would like to install wind turbines on their house are concerned about the legality of such an operation. This is mostly covered by planning permission for domestic properties to install domestic wind turbines. The planning permission rules and laws vary from country to country and even locally within different districts of a given country. Due to this variability of laws and rules it can be difficult for anyone looking to install a wind turbine to make sure their installation complies with their local rules. This blog will highlight a few things you should look into and consider if you are looking to purchase yourself a wind turbine to install on your property. We will particularly focus on the planning permission constraints put in place by governments and local governing bodies in the countries of the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Germany. We will also look at some general tips for those outside those countries to get you started with some planning permission considerations when installing a small domestic wind turbine on your property. First we will look at the United Kingdom. Within the UK different requirements for wind turbines are applied depending on which country you live in: England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. In Wales, Scotland and Northern Island, it is always necessary to get planning permission to install a turbine. In England it is usually required to get planning permission for a wind turbine, however there are exceptions where planning permission is not needed. Planning permission is not needed if the turbine is classed as ‘permitted development’. Generally this applies when the property has not already had a wind turbine or heat pump installed. More information on these cases can be found at this link: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/2056/made In terms of what requirements need to be met to achieve planning permission, these also vary by country within the UK. Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish planning permission requires: That the wind turbine must be the only one present on the property; That the turbine is situated 100m from the boundaries of another property and that the wind turbine is not located in an area of special interest such as a conservation area, world heritage site, area of scientific interest or on the grounds of a listed building. More information can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2010/27/pdfs/ssi_20100027_en.pdf England has requirements specific to the type of wind turbine. For building mounted turbines the requirements are that: the property must be detached; the top of the turbine blades should not be more than 3 metres taller than the height of the property or 15 metres above the ground; the turbine is at least 5 metres from the boundaries of the property. For pole mounted turbine installations the top of the turbine must not be more than 11.1 metres off the ground and the turbine should be at least 1.1 times its own height away from the property boundary (So if your turbines total height is 8 metres it should be 8.8 metres from the edge of your land) If your turbine installation meets these requirements it will likely be approved for planning permission, just apply to your local council or planning committee. The considerations for someone wanting to set up a turbine in the USA are similar. The planning permission or building permits as they are commonly referred to, are a bit trickier to pin down. The permits are generally based on zoning requirements and restrictions applied to the neighbourhood a property resides in. The issuing of building permits is generally controlled by local authorities. As the USA is such a large country, with many local authorities it can be difficult to summarise the rules and regulations around installing a wind turbine on your house. https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/planning-small-wind-electric-system Generally it is best practice to contact your local authorities such as a local building inspector or planning board who can provide you with a list of requirements that your wind turbine installation must follow to be acceptable. Although it is difficult to give specifics there are a few general points that you should consider: Residential zones usually have a limit of 35 feet applied so any turbine exceeding this may require additional paperwork; Noise issues with the turbines, although the sound emitted by wind turbines is barely perceptible some neighbours may be concerned; Also, anyone looking to install a wind turbine on their property should check if their property falls under the influence of a home owner’s or neighbour’s association. This organisation may object to a wind turbine based on a number of reasons such as a wind turbine not fitting the aesthetic or character of the neighbourhood, potentially blocking views from houses or generating too much noise. Some of these issues can be resolved by providing contextual data about the wind turbine you would like to install such as noise emission data or edited photos of the turbine installation. (Check out the TESUP architectural visualisation service if you need such an image) Visual House Design in 24 hrs (by Email) Finally for this blog post, we will have a look at what the regulations are for installing a domestic wind turbine in Germany. Similar to the USA it really depends on the area you live in. Building permits are required for domestic wind turbines. These permits are issued by the local building authority of a given area. Unfortunately there are large differences between each of these authorities so it is, again, difficult to give exact rules. Follow a similar approach to the USA when looking to install a domestic turbine, accounting for the considerations mentioned above. Also a number of cases have been recorded of officials in Germany, misinformed on the applications and benefits of small wind turbines blocking or hindering wind turbine projects. If this is the case for you, try presenting the local building authorities with data about the turbine you would like to install, potentially showing a similar case of a wind turbine being installed elsewhere, the benefits it brought and the magnitude of problems caused by it. TESUP hopes this blog post is useful for any aspiring wind turbine owners, good luck in installing your very own wind turbine!
- TESUP and the Home Energy Unit
TESUP has always looked to innovate within the renewable energy industry. By bringing new technologies to the table TESUP can continue towards its goal of making the world a better place through environmentally friendly, clean renewable energy solutions. TESUP is committed to bringing easy to use, attractive energy generation systems to the homes and businesses of many. The latest development is the only very recently announced Home Energy Unit. This standalone unit can generate and manage electricity, all on its own! This is a great solution for those of you worried about how to best set up a renewable energy generation system at home as all the steps are laid out for you as well as everything you need labelled in its correct position. Home Energy Unit The Home Energy Unit is a system comprising a mounting board which holds a number of components needed to successfully generate power on the go. The mounting board is equipped with a power inverter and charge controller to ensure the smooth and safe generation of electricity as well as the safe production of power. The board has space for a TESUP flexible solar panel to attach directly to the mounting board or has compatibility for all TESUP wind turbines, simply connecting to the charge controller. But why just have one, the Home Energy Unit can support a wind turbine and a solar panel at the same time! The main benefit of the standalone, packaged up system is the ability to transport the whole system and put it wherever you like! Maybe you want some extra charge for your phone over a long day to the park? No problem! Just set up the Home Energy Unit next to your picnic and let it charge away. Perhaps you are the proud owner of an electric vehicle but struggle to find charging stations on your route to work? Also not a problem, just pull into a car park, get your Home Energy Unit out of the boot and plug in! Your car should be topped up in no time. With the world looking to reduce climate change causing emissions in all sectors, the world has looked to aviation to see how planes could potentially pollute a little less. Unfortunately a lot of small personal planes rely on diesel engines (which produce a large amount of polluting emissions) as these are the only engines that work for the planes. Developments have been made to introduce electrically powered planes with motor driven engines into the hobbyist and small plane industry. Recently a small electric powered plane has been used for the first ever commercial electric flight route in the Orkney Islands of Scotland! This exciting news has helped to bolster the aviation industry and secure the future for small planes within airspaces around the world. This is also a good sign for hobby aircraft pilots who love flying planes but worry about the damaging emissions their plane emits. They can soon replace their planes with electrically driven ones! Potentially decreasing their emissions drastically and reducing the amount of air pollution and climate change their planes contribute. With these benefits it may become more common for people to own their very own electrically powered planes in the near future! Application Now, if you will, imagine for a moment you were taking a flight in your very own electric plane, you fly out into the countryside to enjoy a nice picnic with your friends. Unfortunately for you your landing areas are restricted to those airfields which have electrical charging infrastructure in place already, which may be a problem in the countryside. Luckily you brought along your Home Energy Unit! You can simply bring it out of your plane, set it up nearby, plug the Home Energy Unit into your plane and top it up with enough power to get you home! Now what about the people who love a bit of adventure but who are also not such a big fan of heights and prefer a more grounded approach to their adventuring? Well fret not! You can simply take to the sea instead of the skies! Electrically driven boats have been common in maritime settings for a long time. This makes them great for charging them up on the go… or on the sail with a conveniently placed Home Energy Unit on the deck of the boat! You could even use your Home Energy Unit on a petrol or diesel powered boat to generate some power for your phone! For the less adventurous among you, who prefer to stay nice and cosy at home the Home Energy Unit is also a great fit for you! (As you might expect from a HOME Energy Unit!). Anyone with a bit of free space around their house and business can quickly deploy a Home Energy Unit onto their driveway or garden and start generating some extra power. This could just be while it is sunny or windy outside, stashing the Home Energy Unit inside when there are less favourable conditions. Transparent Flexible Solar Panel (Made in Europe, high-tech) Alternatively, you could permanently leave the Home Energy Unit in your garden or driveway and have a source of clean, renewable energy generation all year round (with some extra waterproofing). As the Home Energy Unit is designed to sit on the ground, it is very easily maintained and accessed without having to go into the wiring of your house. So as you can see the new TESUP Home Energy Unit has a great number of uses from planes to cars to phones and beyond. If you are interested in the Home Energy Unit, keep an eye on the TESUP store page to learn more. More updates will come soon!
- Charging an Electric Vehicle with your own power!
Sustainable technology is on the rise! Many countries around the world have begun to encourage the adoption of technologies that improve the environment. One such technology development is the rolling out of electric cars, buses and other forms of transportation. Increasing the amount of sustainable transportation in the world is a great way to reduce emissions and the effect of transporting people and cargo around the globe on the environment as a whole. Many people have begun to follow this trend of electrified vehicle development by purchasing their very own electric car to fulfill their everyday transport needs, in place of polluting combustion engine cars. Of course this is a great way of reducing an individual’s impact on the environment, reducing the carbon emitted from the car itself. However, if the power used to charge the car is sourced from natural gas or coal power plants the emissions are just passed elsewhere, reducing the potential impact of electric vehicle technology. The solution to this problem is to generate the electricity that is used to power the car without creating emissions. Renewable is a great way to achieve this, exploiting the natural, emission free power source that is the wind, sun and tides. This is great in concept but difficult in practice. The electrical energy most people have access to is sourced from a given country’s electrical grid. At present, a large proportion of the power generated for electrical energy grids is generated from non renewable sources such as natural gas and coal. These energy sources emit pollution into the environment, particularly carbon dioxide and other warming agents, speeding up the process of global warming. Unfortunately, at the moment, the energy taken from most country’s grids and used in an electric vehicle cannot be considered to emit zero pollutants as pollutants are indirectly emitted to power the car. Energy companies and governments are looking to quickly decarbonise grids to reduce the proportion of electricity generated through polluting sources. This would involve reducing reliance on fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal and swapping them for renewable sources such as wind and solar. (https://yourenergy.extension.colostate.edu/fuels-electric-grid/) So how do you go about ensuring the electricity that goes into powering your car is entirely pollution free and renewable? Well there are two main methods. The first is to sign up to an energy provider that provides one hundred percent of their energy through entirely renewable and green sources. This can be achieved by looking into the website of a given provider and investigating their policy on renewable energy. It can also be achieved by looking at comparison websites and articles to see which providers use renewable energy. This first method can sometimes be a bit tricky in practice. Some areas are locked into using a particular energy provider or are locked into a small range of providers as a result of nearby infrastructure availability, for example an electricity meter owned by a particular company installed in your house may need replacing to switch providers. It can also be difficult and inconvenient to actually make the switch with many providers making it difficult to leave their electricity providing services. There may also be other factors in which electricity provider you would like to go with such as the reliability of their electricity supply. (https://www.electronicsb2b.com/important-sectors/consumer-electronics-and-gadgets/the-benefits-and-challenges-of-using-smart-energy-meters/) The more controllable way for you to determine how your power is generated, and the second method on our list, is simply to generate your power yourself! Controlling every step of your power generation is the best way of ensuring there is no pollution being created to generate your energy. This can be achieved in a few ways, the most popular of which are wind turbines and solar panels. These technologies can help you to generate power at home with minimal effort on your part, you just need to set it up, then it is ready to passively generate power for your home. But, since we are talking about electric vehicles and home power generation, you may ask, how effective is a roof mounted power generator? How long would it take to charge up my electric vehicle to a full charge? Well let's have a look! We will take the newly approved for UK use, Citroen Ami. A wonderfully small electric vehicle, perfect for city driving. And we will see how long it might take to charge up this car’s battery to full. To start with, the battery capacity of this vehicle is 5.5kWh, giving the 48 mile range of the battery. Harnessing the power of the wind Next, we need to pick a wind turbine to charge this battery with. Let's go with the TESUP Atlas 4.0. This wind turbine can generate 4 kW at its rated power! Spinning at its rated speed as a result of 15m/s winds for the duration, this turbine would generate enough power to charge the battery of the Citroen Ami in just 1 hour and 23 minutes! Unfortunately this is potentially not realistic as the turbine is unlikely to spin constantly at its rated speed. The method of determining the actual likely power generation is through using a capacity factor. A capacity factor indicates how likely a wind turbine is to be spinning due to wind at a given moment. This value is approximately 30% of the time in a relatively windy country such as the UK, for your area, look at your national meteorologist data to see average wind speeds. Therefore, the estimated effective power generation from an Atlas 4.0 in the UK is around 1.2 kW. All told this means that the power to charge the battery of a Citroen Ami could be generated in around 4 hours and 35 minutes! Not bad at all! This time could even be brought down by installing more wind turbines! So if you have an electric vehicle it might be worth looking into a wind turbine for your house to help to charge your electric vehicle and make your transport more carbon friendly!
- TESUP Ireland | Instagram wind turbine and flexible solar panel experience
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- TESUP Dublin | Wind Turbine & Flexible Solar Panel Manufacturer | TESUP Ireland
Becoming energy independent today Your house can become a power plant to generate clean energy New Models Collection All TESUP Wind Turbines TESUP Flexible Solar Panels TESUP Charge Controllers Price €240.00 €3,380.00 Sort by MAGNUM 5 Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Regular Price €1,470.00 Sale Price €1,320.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery ATLAS4.0 Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Regular Price €1,400.00 Sale Price €1,250.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery ATLASX Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Regular Price €1,360.00 Sale Price €1,210.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery MasterX Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Regular Price €990.00 Sale Price €840.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery Wind Turbine Charge Controller (Made in Europe) Price €240.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery Mounting Pole (Made in Europe) Price €250.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery Transparent Flexible Solar Panel (made in Europe, high-tech) Price €450.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery TESUP Home Energy Unit Regular Price €3,530.00 Sale Price €3,380.00 Sales Tax Included | Free door delivery Discontinued Models Collection All TESUP Wind Turbines TESUP Charge Controllers TESUP Scooter Quick View Master940 Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View ZEUS3.0 Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View i2000 Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View TESUP2400 Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View Dolphin200dc Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View Yuzo Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View i500 Marine Wind Turbine (Made in Europe) Out of stock Quick View Solar Charge Controllers Out of stock Quick View EcoBoost Scooters (Made in Europe) Out of stock Battery included Quick View Solar Renewable Energy Kit Out of stock
- Assan Aluminium is going into TESUP products!
< Back Assan Aluminium is going into TESUP products! TESUP Apr 10, 2022 Reliable supplier TESUP has always strived to make its products as high quality as possible. Making products, in house allows TESUP to control the quality of the products it ships out, building TESUP’s reputation as a forefront provider of domestic wind turbines. To support this in house production TESUP needs to have an excellent quality supplier, providing good quality materials to make components from. This involves many different components and raw materials totalling more than 200 different raw components and materials going into each TESUP wind turbine. One of the most important and most used materials in TESUP products is Aluminium. This material, usually in the form of sheets, is used to manufacture and create many of the bodies, shells and blades of TESUP turbines. Benefits of the new materials This material is a great choice for application to wind turbines due to its excellent strength to weight ratio. This means the material can support a lot of force without bending whilst also having a relatively low density when it comes to metals. In a turbine this means the strength needed to properly generate power from wind energy can be achieved with lighter components. Lighter components mean the turbine has a smaller moment of inertia (which is a physical property of a system calculated by mass multiplied by distance from the centre of rotation). This essentially means the turbine spins much more easily than an equivalent turbine manufactured from steel for example, while having a similar level of strength. In fact this excellent strength to weight ratio is the reason why aluminium and its alloys are used so frequently in the aircraft industry and in the chassis of rockets. Coupled with this, the abundance of aluminium ores in the earth’s crust makes it a relatively inexpensive material to use. Helping to reduce the cost of TESUP wind turbines to you, the customer. The inside of a rocket fuel tank, the walls are made from aluminium alloy! (https://www.flickr.com/photos/guitarded-pix/7039482197 ) Reliable supplier TESUP has been using aluminium materials in its products for a while now, so you ask, what is the news? Well as I am sure you could tell from the title of this blog TESUP has some exciting news! TESUP will now be partnering with Assan Aluminium to supply TESUP with all of its aluminium needs into the future! Assan Aluminium is the second largest aluminium manufacturer and supplier in Europe, meaning the company has a great wealth of experience in the supply of aluminium and how to effectively create the important metal. This is a very exciting new development for TESUP, as the company grows it is important to ensure the supply chains for producing TESUP wind turbines are strong and have plenty of room to grow to keep up with the increasing demand TESUP has seen over the past few years. TESUP is sure that Assan Aluminium will be a great fit for the future needs of TESUP manufacturing capabilities. Through the company’s prestigious position as one of the most prolific aluminium producers in the world a history of reliable supply has been shown by the company. Production capacity increase This is great news for TESUP, with various global events and crises occurring over the past few years, some suppliers have struggled to maintain a proper and consistent supply of their raw materials to various industries across the world. This has been an issue for TESUP. With an increased demand for TESUP domestic wind turbines as interest in renewable energy grows in popularity and energy prices of grid electricity rise astronomically, unreliable suppliers have caused issues with supplying all of the 200 raw materials that go into making a TESUP wind turbine. This has unfortunately led to several delays in TESUP manufacturing and delays of customers receiving their TESUP wind turbines from time to time. However with Assan Aluminium as a new TESUP supplier, TESUP has much more confidence that the supply chain will be uninterrupted. After all Assan Aluminium has an annual production capacity of 100,000 tonnes of Aluminium! That is 1km worth of Aluminium foil every single minute! That really is a great capacity for production and the reason Assan Aluminium is the second largest aluminium producer in Europe. The certification board of Assan Aluminium’s green credentials. Assan Aluminium also boasts some good renewable and green credentials, something TESUP, as a renewable energy company, is always looking for in its suppliers. TESUP recognises that to create a brighter future for everyone in the world, all stages of the production process should be made green and renewable. Assan Aluminium takes this on board with its manufacturing facilities. The company has recently achieved a certification in global sustainability performance from the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). This indicates the company has been certified, through an onsite inspection of practising sustainability in its governance, social aspects and environmental considerations. This involves the company offsetting its Scope 2 emissions (emissions produced not by the company but by producers of the electricity used to heat cool and run the buildings owned by Assan Aluminium) with onsite renewable energy production. As well as a marked reduction of its carbon footprint through the use of in house recycling, high specification emission filtration systems and energy efficiency projects. In fact the company has set aside 95 million US dollars to develop a number of sustainability and energy efficiency projects over the next three years! Have a look at some more details of Assan Aluminium’s sustainability plans here! (https://www.assanaluminyum.com/en/news/news-from-us/assan-aluminyum-achieves-certified-in-global-standards-by-the-asi ) It is great to see a company so dedicated to sustainability. TESUP is excited to work with Assan Aluminium to produce many TESUP wind turbines in the future! Sunny and Windy Regards, TESUP Previous Next