Becton Micro Wind Turbines

Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center Wind Turbines

As you look up at the roof of the Becton Engineering and Applied Science Center you cannot miss the subject of this stop in the tour: ten micro wind turbines peer down at you from the roof’s edge. Each of these micro wind turbines can capture a breeze as light as seven miles per hour and then convert it into electricity.

Manufactured by AeroVironment, Inc. and installed in March 2009, the ten one-kilowatt turbines will produce an estimated 25 megawatt hours of energy over the course of the year—enough to power two average Connecticut homes.

The Becton turbines are a pilot project and are just one part of Yale’s growing portfolio of clean energy technologies.