A U.S. manufacturer has introduced a new wind turbine which it claims can significantly improve power output at reduced cost.PRESCOTT VALLEY, Arizona, US, 2001-08-24 [SolarAccess.com] A U.S. manufacturer has introduced a new wind turbine which it claims can significantly improve power output at reduced cost. AEROMAX Corp. says the LAKOTA is available in 12, 24 and 48 volt configurations, at a cost of US$1,069. Other voltages, such as 96 or 180 V, will be available upon request. The 900 W battery-charging turbine is designed for residential and stationary power applications. At peak power rating of 1400 watts, competitive testing shows conventional turbines are 78 to 252 percent higher priced on a cost per watt perspective, say company officials. “The LAKOTA provides quieter, more efficient and more economical operations than have ever been available on the market before,” says president and CEO Lexington Bartlett. The units are fitted with Stealth Acoustic(TM) uni-directional carbon fiber blades that have reduced manufacturing costs. The blades can be retrofitted on existing turbines, and one style could increase electrical output by up to 300 watts just by upgrading wood-bladed wind turbine generators, explains Bartlett. The LAKOTA Marine will be available soon as a full marine version for the boat and coastal industry. It will use a stainless steel hub drive and tail boom components, combined with internal silicon marine wiring and superior weatherproof seals. The Marine version is also offered with a smaller diameter rotor.