Enertech Breezes Back into Business

After several years of absence, the name Enertech will once again be seen on new wind turbines.

In the 1970s and 1980s Enertech was one of the most popular names in the wind industry, selling thousands of 1.5 kW to 40 kW wind turbines to U.S. homeowners and California wind farms. In the late ’80s, however, the Vermont company went out of business as market conditions became less favorable for wind power. Fast-forward to 2003, and rising energy rates once again have generated great interest in wind energy. That’s when a group of Kansas business people began developing several new wind turbine models. It’s also when Enertech, Inc., of Wichita, Kansas, quickly sought the registration rights to the original Enertech trademark, which it plans to use in marketing its new turbines. “Enertech is considered a pioneer and one of the leaders of the wind industry,” said Dale Jones, President. “We wanted to leverage that brand, and use it on our new products.” The new turbines will be similar in many ways to the Enertech turbines of the past. Like the previous models, the new turbines will use induction generators that eliminate synchronous inverters. And they will be three-bladed, horizontal-axis units. But beyond that, the new turbines are based on newer technology and more efficient airfoils. There will also be an expanded product range available, with models from 5 kW to 225 kW in size. The company is also evaluating a 600 kW design.

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