renewable energy

Neat innovation in wind turbine design

  I just came across a post on this swedish designed wind turbine.  Why is it that we always think wind turbines have to look like air plane propellers?  I like the look of this turbine.  I’ll have to look around for a translator so I can read the manufactors page,  I’d be particular interested in the minimum wind speed rating.  Our areas is just borderline for most of the typical style units which kick in around 12 mph.  If I’m deciphering the swedish properly I’m think this unit is probably similar at 2 meters / second so that makes it of questionable value.

  Ease of installation would also be another consideration.  Some of the units I’ve looked at only require a single pole which greatly increase the astectics of a wind turbine.  With the possibilities of an increase of 20% – 60% on the cost of electricity some form a electrical generation is looking very appealing.

  I hope to see thisbeing available locally in the United State before too long.  It is amazing how much further ahead acceptance of a lot of these ideas are in Europe than in the US.  Of course they’ve had much higher energy costs for a lot longer the we have in the US.

  On a related note, the Coulson Energy Blog is up and running now and his first experiment is very interesting to me.  I may well have to work on a similar system for heating some water to add some warmth to a worm bin over the winter.  I’ll be sure to post periodic updates on the project if I do.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by astoner - September 10, 2008 at 1:52 pm

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Window solar supplement

It doesn’t look like I’m going to get much use out of this window unit much anymore this year. With today being the first day of spring there probably aren’t too many more cold days left to see how well this will work. And unfortunately I don’t even have it done yet. It looks like it will have to be used next year.

I’m also not sure that the unit isn’t too wide by about a quarter of an inch for the window.  I haven’t actually tried putting it out the window yet, but by my measurements I may wind up shaving down the one side to get it to fit.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by astoner - March 20, 2008 at 9:51 pm

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Window Solar Supplement

  Today I finally got to start on building the window unit passive solar heater that I’ve been meaning to work on.  It’s actually coming together pretty nice, some of my cuts weren’t the straightest so the next step will be to use some ‘Great Stuff’ expanding insulation to seal up any holes and cracks that exist.  Then I need to cut the divider pane to separate the two channels of air and come up with some sort of glazing for the transparent front.

I’m just sorting out how I want to do everything on my first one.  If I’m happy with the way it turns out I’ll put together some instructions to put up as an informational page.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by astoner - January 29, 2008 at 11:30 pm

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Solar heating window unit

I finally got the bulk of the materials needed to build the heat grabber. The large 4ft x 8ft sheets of rigid insulation were the most challenging, but they did successfully fit in our minivan, with no kids. The one thing I am missing yet is the glazing, or the glass to cover the front. I haven’t found a good source for the reinforced fiberglass, and some of the stuff that the local box stores carry would double the price of the entire project. I’m thinking of just trying some of the plastic that is used for weatherizing windows from the outside, I’m just not sure how translucent it will be.

I’m not sure when I’ll have the opportunity to work on it though, hopefully later this week. We are supposed to be having near record warm this week which would be good for painting the box black, but I don’t think I’ll have it done before then.


Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by astoner - January 7, 2008 at 12:49 pm

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