Newbie seeking advice, small wind turbine.
Hi all, I recently bought myself a second hand turbine (Airforce 1, 1kw 48v output, 5 blade) I live in town, in the UK, and understand that conditions here are far from ideal given the surrounding buildings/trees etc and that due to planning laws I'm unable to mount the turbine at any useful height. It's currently mounted on a 2" pole roughly 5 meters high. My grid tied PV panels currently heat my water via a diverter, which works great during the summer months but in the winter just aren't enough. I was hoping that the wind turbine would supplement these, pushing a bit of power into the system during the night for example. However, the turbine seems to spend more time spinning around on it's pole rather than rotating the blades. I assume this is down to the turbulent air ? Do you think I'm wasting my time with this, or is there a way to make this work better? Would it be better to fix the unit to the prevailing wind direction and not let it turn?
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