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Wind Turbines make electrical energy by harnessing wind.
Vacuum Cleaners waste energy by blowing out wind.


What a pity that about 80% of all the energy that is collected by Wind Turbines in the UK, is then wasted by being blown out of the exhausts of the 22 million Vacuum Cleaners that are used in England and Wales

A few simple calculations will show that in England and Wales alone 22 million vacuum cleaners are blowing out energy of a vast proportion, and wasting energy at the rate of about 750 watts, of kinetic energy each, every week.

There are a total of 22,539,000 households in England and Wales alone, if each home uses a vacuum cleaner for just eight and a half minutes a day, (a total of one hour per week,) they waste approximately 750 watts or 0.75 KWh of electricity, per week. This does not include shops, hotels, and offices etc.

22 million Vacuum Cleaners each one losing 0.75KWh  = 16,500,000 KWh per week that is 16,500. megawatts of power being thrown away or lost each week.

858,000 megawatts a year of wasted energy.

A medium sized wind turbine with a total of 400 Kwh capacity is only working for about 20 to 30 percent of the time and so is only averaging 25% of 400 kwh that is just 100 kwh, per turbine.

I00kw per hour times 24 hours in a day = 2400000 watts, times 365.25 days in the year = 876,600,000 or 876.6 megawatts of power generated per year per windmill.

858,000 divide by 876.6 equals 978 almost 1,000 medium sized wind turbines is wasted.

This means that it takes almost 1,000.  medium sized 400 KWh wind generators to provide the energy that is being wasted in the air that is blown from 22 million vacuum cleaners.

That is more than 80% of the entire output of all the wind farms in the UK.

This does not have to happen, a system has been researched and has proved to be a viable and economical way of returning this wasted air power, back into the cleaner head and using it to do useful work.

Prototype Air Recycling Cleaners that use only 250 watt hour of electricity have been tested  on behalf of the Market Transformation Program and prove that they will clean a carpet as well or better than a conventional 1,500 watt vacuum Cleaner.

 But an even more important issue is at stake.

See below.

(c) Edginton 2003.

 (C) edited 2009



Cleaner blowing paper


The 250 watt closed loop cleaner below can work better than a Vacuum Cleaner using 2,000 watts.
The three frames below taken from a video show just one sweep across a carpet covered in dust and dog hair


Because of the danger to health that is presented by breathing In air that has been contaminated by sucking it through a dirty carpet, it has become common practice for cleaners to use very dense filters in order to TRY, to clean the air blowing back into the room.

This means that the size of the motors have had to be increased to as much as two or more kilowatts in order to blow air through them.

In air Recycling Cleaner a motor of only 250 watts is powerful enough to do the same amount of work, saving an average amount of well over 750 Wh

This is achieved because, the energy that is normally wasted is instead returned back into the system to do useful work

Even with the latest, High Efficiency Particle Arrestant “HEPA” filters that claim to remove 99.97% of air born particles down to 0.3 micron size, that, will still allow anything smaller than 0.3 microns to escape. 

This may not seem so bad until we take into account that all known viruses are smaller than 0.3 micron. In fact they are so small they are measured in nanometers.

1 nanometer = 0.000000001 of a meter and 0.3 microns is actually 300 nanometers.

The size of a virus is from 20 nanometers up to 250 nanometers.

So a 0.3 micron (300 nanometer) filter will not block any of the viruses in fact a cube of the smaller 20 nanometer viruses, stuck together, 15 by 15 by15 a total of  3,375 could easily get through a 0.3 micron mesh at one time.


The black disc represents a hole of 0.3 microns and the blue dots 225 viruses.



Nature itself could not have devised a better way of spreading viruses than the Vacuum Cleaner.


Bacterium are larger and about 1 micron long but as they are of many shapes and also elongated, many of them could get through the 0.3 micron filters.

There is also the problem of “Fiber Break-off ”, particles of the filter breaking off and entering the air stream,

Another of the reasons that the closed loop system should be used, is because the large volume of air that is blasted from a vacuum cleaner disturbs the dust that is present on furniture and carpets around the room.

After 14 years of research and experimentation using many working prototypes, an Air Recycling Cleanerclosed has now been tested in the homes of forty volunteers, some, who have asthma, the Air Recycling Cleaner is now ready to be manufactured, and put on the market.

Once it has been made available in the shops it should quickly replace the vacuum cleaner in the home. It is of special interest to those who suffer from respiratory disease, the elderly and wherever there are sick people or young children.

Virus Picture Library.    http://www.virology.net/Big_Virology/BVRNAastro.html


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  • Installed Capacity (IC) - the total output technically possible, assuming continuous power generation. Thus, the IC of 20 turbines rated at 600 kilowatts (kW) is 12 megawatts (MW): (1 MW= 1000kW).
  • Capacity Factor (CF) - actual or predicted output as a % of IC. Specific calculations by the government and the wind industry assume a 30% Capacity Factor, still significantly above the average achieved.
  • Declared Net Capacity (DNC)-the government’s theoretical expression of “the maximum power available due to the intermittent nature of wind energy”. This concept is used in strategic planning and policy documents and employs an artificial Capacity Factor of 43% of IC in order to make comparisons with other energy sources.

Despite this, Welsh wind power station’s have operated at below 25% Capacity Factors for the last two years, and the UK average has only been lifted slightly above this lever by the considerably higher performance of the installations in Northern Ireland.


1: J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Apr;111(4):784-7.



High-efficiency particulate arrest-filter vacuum cleaners increase personal cat allergen exposure in homes with cats.

Gore RB, Durrell B, Bishop S, Curbishley L, Woodcock A, Custovic A.

North West Lung Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK.

BACKGROUND: On the basis of experimental chamber studies, vacuum cleaners with double-thickness bags and integral high-efficiency particulate arrest (HEPA) air filters are claimed to reduce airborne allergen levels and are currently recommended to allergic patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of vacuum cleaning on personal inhaled cat allergen exposure in homes with cats. METHODS: Five unused new vacuum cleaners were compared with an old non-HEPA filter vacuum cleaner. Each vacuum cleaner was tested in an experimental chamber and in 5 homes with cats. Inhaled cat allergen was measured by nasal air sampling. RESULTS: New vacuum cleaners failed to leak any allergen in the experimental chamber. There was a significant increase in inhaled cat allergen during vacuum cleaning in homes (F = 48.39, df = 1.4, P =.002) with no difference between the old vacuum cleaner and the unused new vacuum cleaners (5-fold and 3-fold increase compared to baseline, respectively; F = 0.005, df = 1.4, P =.95). CONCLUSIONS: The use of new HEPA-filter vacuum cleaners increases inhaled cat allergen in homes with cats. The use of HEPA-filter modern vacuum cleaners to reduce pet allergen exposure in the homes of pet owners should not be justified merely on the basis of experimental chamber data.

PMID: 12704358 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]



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