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Old 04-12-2013, 01:48 PM   #1
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I am interested in basic project level electric power generation. I have started buying a few wind generation supplies. After I get this working I may do some solar power generation. Is there any one in this group that does this?

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I am interested in basic project level electric power generation.
What does that mean ? Are you trying to light up an LED ? Or, are you trying to power your house ?

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I have started buying a few wind generation supplies.
That should mean that you have already selected a turbine size/design. Which one is it ? What is the rotor diameter ? How many Blades ?

Do you know what the average annual wind speed is for your area ?

Where are you trying to install this ? On a suburban property, or acreage ?

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There was a company that won a major international design award for a roof ridge generator a few years ago. That would be worth looking into if commercialized by now. It blended nicely with the roof lines.

Storage remains the real issue for practical home power generation IMO. Progress on this front is happening but with painful slowness.

I do think aiming to generate power for specific rather than whole house applications might yield more satisfying results.

Have you scanned or searched the "Green Home Improvement" section of this site for past posts on this topic?
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I think you mean Ridgeblade in the UK.
http://www.ridgeblade.com/index.html#

They are still somewhere in the future. They haven't set the price, nor given any real performance numbers.
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Thanks for all the reply's. The project I mentioned has an end goal in mind. It will be to combine wind and solar and produce enough to keep the refrigerator running and a couple lights lit when needed. It is not meant to free of of the grid or to be profitable.
The learning curve I will use to power a yard bird bath fountain and yard lights other odd stuff I might think of.
My first challenge is the wind turbine mount. I had in mind a flag pole type mast with guide wires. After building, a local ordnance inspector will give it an engineering approval.
I am still early in studying this. Are there resourced you care to recommend?
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Fieldlines.com. It is the discussion forum for Otherpower.com. Start by reading the FAQ’s.
Otherpower.com. It is the reference site where you can get proven designs for turbines etc
Scoraigwind.com. This is Hugh Piggott’s site, one of the Gurus of wind power.
Wind-works.org. Paul Gipe’s site. Lots of wind power info.


Also try your local library. Any book by Hugh Piggott or Paul Gipe.
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Research to be sure wind power is practical at your location before investing time and money. At my residence it is not, so I have gone solar. Grid tied on the house (28, 250w panels) and battery storage on the motorhome (6, 100w panels).
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I'm grid tied with 6, 250 watt panels. A plug and play set up. Micro inverters mounted under the panels. Plugged into an outlet. It's working great and keeps my meter from moving too far forward. I might add some more panels in the future. dorf dude...
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I've had my system online for 3 weeks now. I've used 12Kw of power but have made 55Kw. I've used 12Kw more than I have made. I've actually saved 43Kw. I've washed and dried clothes, ran my welder, watched my 50" Plasma every night. We have had many overcast days too. I think the investment is well worth it. 3k Euro. I pay 26.5 Euro cents a Kw. That's around 35 cents US. I make power on overcast days, around 300 watts. My peak has been 1508 watts. When I'm at work and the sun comes out I know I'm saving money. My lights are LED. I heat my house and water with pellets and solar hot water going in later this year. The real key is to reduce consumption to begin with. Then you will save in the long run. If you have 20 Halogen lights with 50 watts, that's a 1000 watts. 20 LED's with 3 watts is only 60. Huge difference. In the summer I don't get a heating effect from the lights either. dorf dude...
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Cool stuff. How are they mounted? I'd love to go solar at some point, just concerned about making so many mechanical connections on my roof and risking a leak. Also they'd only really be useful in summer here. I've also considered wind, I was checking bylaws and "micro generation" is actually allowed which is defined as <10kw and <19m tall.
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I'm grid tied with 6, 250 watt panels. A plug and play set up. Micro inverters mounted under the panels. Plugged into an outlet. It's working great and keeps my meter from moving too far forward. I might add some more panels in the future. dorf dude...
Which brand/model micro inverters?
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http://www.enecsys.com/

I use 2 different models. 1 is for 1 PV panel and the other can handle 2 PV panels then their outputs are joined together and plugged into a normal outlet. Super simple and easy to setup.
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Interesting but don't you still need DC voltage regulation (float) and batteries? Otherwise every time there's clouds everything in your house will turn off.
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Wind is one of the greenest forms of energy, as it uses no fossil fuel and does not emit greenhouse gases. Residential solar power is also on the rise, thanks to the tax credits and rebates that make it more affordable
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I think you mean Ridgeblade in the UK.
http://www.ridgeblade.com/index.html#

They are still somewhere in the future. They haven't set the price, nor given any real performance numbers.

Hey, this looks like something I want to know more about, been browsing around the site on the link and can't find any indication of pricing though, any idea, or is it a matter of getting in touch with them and getting a quote?

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