Greetings Earthlings A whole lot of fun info on testing of a 500 watt Windy with their furling mount. I have had the pleasure of using the original proto type furling mounts and making the design changes under the direction of Windy Nation for testing purposes on a real time tower. This report will be on the Windy 500 with the new mount system. I hope that the following information will be of assistance especially to those who have not made their 1st purchase and maybe holding their heads as a result of all our chatter and spewing info and ideas in all directions. This turbine would be exactly as you would receive it from Windy and I do not make any changes or add on features of my own in an attempt to boost performance. This unit will have a three blade hub with 35 inch blades and be mounted on a 32 ft pole tower. This tower is double guy wire and can be raised or lowered with a worn winch by hand in approx 4 minutes. I will post a good number of photos showing in detail of what we are talking about. [attachment=5:4q50wos4]mounting to the tower.jpg[/attachment:4q50wos4] [attachment=4:4q50wos4]balanced and ready to go up.jpg[/attachment:4q50wos4] When the tower was being raised there was a moderate wind between 8 - 10 mph. I was expecting some turbulence with the tower but was surprised and pleased that the Windy went into a full furl position and stayed that way until the last few feet of being raised and then unfolded and faced true wind [attachment=3:4q50wos4]furling 500.jpg[/attachment:4q50wos4] Comments before mentioned how do we make this unit look like the wind swept style of all the others. Personally I would not change a thing. I really like the appearance and would call it `futuristic [attachment=2:4q50wos4]500 test furling.jpg[/attachment:4q50wos4] Wire size is 3 wire 12 gauge solid ( common house wire) Length is approx 120 ft from turbine to rectifier. There has been lots of conversation on what wire to use, I won`t tell you what to use but after I share the power readings you can make your own choices on what might work for you This wire feeds a similar set up that Windy sells as a package, rectifier, V control and two 300 watt dump coils. Theirs might look nicer but mine still works. [attachment=1:4q50wos4]rectifer, V control, dump load coils.jpg[/attachment:4q50wos4] This feeds a 12 Volt , 1030 amp hr bank. The wiring from the rectifier and Volt control is 8 gauge. The bank then is hooked up to a 3300 - 6000 watt inverter. [attachment=0:4q50wos4]12 V battery bank 1030 amp hrs.jpg[/attachment:4q50wos4] Now we are getting close to what you have been waiting for. It has been discussed in other postings that the 12 V system may actually be clamping the turbine and not allowing it to reach its full potential. I would not disagree with this statement but at the same time if it is a 12 V system you are wishing to use, these results may be of interest to you. I believe there is a limit to how many photos you can upload per posting so I will submit and comment on this article to share the final comments and power readings.