AbstractWith the recent surge in fossil fuel prices, cleaner energy systems such as wind turbines have become a viable technology for power generation. These turbines have immense potential for integration in the built environment for standalone power generation purposes. But the setup of wind turbines in the built environment is more complicated than in rural and open spaces. For various reasons, interest is growing for vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) over horizontal axis wind turbines (HAWTs) for power generation in built-up areas. In the recent past it has been observed that vertical axis micro wind turbines are being installed in home built environment to satisfy people’s energy needs. In this paper, different forms of home built vertical axis wind turbines have been reviewed with respect to their location factors, designs that lead to performance improvements, along with their implementation opportunities and challenges in the built environment.
Keywords: Built Environment, Darrieus Rotor, Vertical Axis Wind Turbines.