The Honeywell Wind Turbine
Altronics Energy’s true success spurs from the roots of its parent company Altron Automation, Inc. With a small budget and one customer back in 1989, the owners of both companies began their first business. From there, they grew into a 100-plus employee company nestled in Hudsonville, MI. Altron designs and builds custom automated systems for various applications. With the fall of the Michigan auto industry in 2008, Altron made some strategic changes and saved the company and its employees by opening doors to new ventures, including the medical, food and green energy sectors.
One of the first alternative energy lines to walk into Altron’s doors was WindTronics, a company headquartered in Muskegon, MI. Altron accepted a challenge it had never experienced before and designed an assembly solution to create a wind turbine in only five minutes. The trick of it all was that the turbine was being designed in parallel with the line. After a few months of working day to day with the WindTronics team, Altron developed close relationships and began to carry the same passion for the product and its possibilities as WindTronics.
The Birth of Altronics Energy
In November of 2009, Altron presented a new idea, a new name and a new face of its company to the staff of WindTronics. Altronics Energy was just a PowerPoint presentation with a few clip art pictures and a homemade logo with the hopes of becoming a distributor, installer and trainer for these wind turbines. After that day, everything snowballed into extremely fast growth. Soon, quality concerns arose with various subcomponents of the turbine and Altron engineers stepped in to help solve these challenges.
Altron’s best attribute is its problem-solving abilities. It all started with the wheel, then the quad (the electrical components), the roof mount and the stators soon followed. Altron spent 22 years building a one-time job assembly line for some other company who would then go and make money off Altron’s design. Now it was Altron’s turn to use its own equipment to make product. Altron and Altronics Energy teamed up to design the best way to manufacture the sub-components with optimum quality. Altronics Energy became manufacturers of the wind turbine using Altron Automation’s expertise to design assembly systems for them. The line allowed for minimal human error, incredible precision and fast processes. Soon, Altronics knew more about the product than anyone, and this, in turn, aided its pursuit to be distributors, installers and trainers. After all, who better to install and manage the turbine than the people who build it?
Altronics Energy currently distributes and manages all dealers for the Honeywell Wind Turbine across North America. Visit our manufacturing page here.
Here is where you’ll find helpful websites, information
regarding rebates, incentives, calculation ROI and solar/wind mapping tools.
Wind Estimator sites only provide estimates, seek a local dealer for closer assumptions based on your area.
Rebate and incentive look up for US and Canada: www.windknowledge.com
A general zip code, wind resource estimator: www.solar-estimate.org
U.S. Incentive List www.dsireusa.org
Utility Incentives: www.windpoweringamerica.gov
Wind Energy Resources Atlas: wrredc.nrel.gov/wind/pubs/atlas/maps.html
Wind Mapper: www.windmapper.com
Wind Ordinances: www.windpoweringamerica.gov/policy/ordinances.asp
National Wind Maps:
How much electricity do your home electronics use?:
For energy usage, use the Smart Calculator
Average Wind Speed in your area: www.usa.com – type in your zip code, then click on weather and scroll down to the wind speed charts.