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Helix Wind Announces Study to Compare Turbine Performance


Helix Wind plans to perform comparative testing on a variety of leading small turbines at its test facility in eastern San Diego county. The test plan and results, to be completed by Q3, 2009, will be the first study of its kind and will be evaluated by an independent third party to conform to the AWEA standards for small wind testing. Under the plan Helix Wind will install and test its own turbines in addition to those from several other manufacturers including Mariah Power, Windside, VENCO Power Systems, Cleanfield Energy, and Southwest Windpower. The results will be used to evaluate actual system performance under real world conditions.

"Helix is committed to transparency and integrity in the small wind industry, and to accurately communicating product benefits to customers. The April 2008 Cadmus Group study of small horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWT) in Massachusetts clearly documented the gross overestimates being given for energy generation, on average by a factor of 3 to 4 said Helix Wind, Corp. CEO Ian Gardner. Helix Wind's strategy of developing or acquiring best in class small wind technologies is grounded in the belief that system performance must be realistic and accountable. This comparative test will allow us to document real performance under field conditions and provide customers with realistic and accountable information."

Small wind consultant and noted lecturer and author, Paul Gipe, commented, "A study of this kind is long overdue to ensure the legitimacy and success of the small wind industry, especially of those that manufacture vertical axis wind turbines."





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