Wind Turbine ?

Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:26 pm

Anyone have a wind turbine ? I know it's kinda not for heating but it is an alt energy.

Like to hear any experiences expecially ones that are like 6 ft dia or less.

Ug
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: WNY On: Thu Mar 03, 2011 7:33 pm

I think this was discussed.....

Anyone have a Wind turbine???
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:01 pm

Here's a very good Popular Mechanics article that covers many different types of wind turbines.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science ... nd/4324331

My personal favorite is the Mageen Air Rotor System which would look great over at Ug's house!
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:11 pm

I still have mine.....it's still off line. Still waiting for time, money, ambition. And still, the #1 thing if you are serious: Do a one year wind speed test at the height of your planned tower. There is no other way to estimate the power you have at your location.
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: Uglysquirrel On: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:33 pm

Freddy wrote:I still have mine.....it's still off line. Still waiting for time, money, ambition. And still, the #1 thing if you are serious: Do a one year wind speed test at the height of your planned tower. There is no other way to estimate the power you have at your location.



Fred, I must applaude for your independence. Stoker power.
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Mar 07, 2011 7:11 am

My sisters house is Totally Off the grid, Turbine power (with generator backup). She needs new batteries now, won't hold charge, I think they are about $200-300/ea and needs 12 of them.
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: Freddy On: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:36 am

WNY wrote:She needs new batteries now,


If she can find a way to charge them, wheel chair batteries might be found for a reasonable price. But, a "normal" charger will not charge them. Because they are Gel batteries they use a special charger. I think it's a tiny bit less voltage? I use a "smart charger". It'll say smart charger and mention gel batteries on the charger. eBay... $30. Anyway....the point I'm getting to is..... a friend of mine owns a "wheelchair store". People that use electric wheel chairs change the batteries by the calendar. They MUST know they have good batteries. So, if they used their wheel chairs 8 hours a day seven days a week, when the calendar says change them, they are used up, But, most owners use the chair a half hour a day & once a month go to the mall. When they get new batteries, the old ones are darn near new. I get them for $5 each....what the junk man pays my friend. I built an electric motorcycle & have used them for battery backups for coal stoves. Just a thought....if your sister can get some & has the capability to charge them she could save a bunch of money!

PS... my windmill does not use batteries. I am on the grid & trade my extra power 100% even with the electric company. In essence, the electric company IS my batteries.
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:41 pm

During lunch I was reading the WSJ and found this article from February.


http://greenenergy.reno.gov/energy/

FEBRUARY 28, 2011. It's Turbine vs. Turbine in Reno.

The wind of northwest Nevada, Mark Twain once wrote, "is by no means a trifling matter." But does harnessing its energy make economic sense? The city of Reno plans to find out.

Reno has installed nine wind turbines—each a different make or model—at four spots around town. Instruments on the turbines continuously measure wind speed and energy production, and all of the data are posted online at greenenergy.reno.gov/energy/.

The goal: To give consumers an in-depth look at how each turbine performs—and how that performance compares with manufacturers' promises.

The City of Reno

Two designs in downtown Reno. The research project won't definitively conclude which turbine is the most efficient, because output varies so much by location. But shoppers will be able to compare three models side by side on the grounds of the city's water-treatment plant, or the two set up in Mira Loma Park. They'll also be able to see which turbines work best in which wind conditions.

And the city plans to post the repair and maintenance costs for each model, which shouldn't be affected by location.

"There's been no independent certification of turbines, so consumers are at the mercy of the manufacturers," says Jason Geddes, Reno's environmental-services administrator. "We want to put up this data so anybody can actually see what these turbines are doing, real-time and historically."

Reno is also creating an online map of wind speeds and directions across the region, so residents can estimate how much energy they might be able to produce by putting a turbine on their property.

Mr. Geddes expects the research project to expand soon beyond the nine turbines the city installed, at a cost of $530,000. Several manufacturers have offered to donate turbines to the study. And some residents would like to hook up their personal turbines, as well.
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Re: Wind Turbine ?

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:55 am

I looked into it but my wind is weak ... you can find the avg wind MPH online (forget where ...some fed govt site) ... need 17 MPH for it to be a go from what I read..
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