blueEnergy @ Solar Energy Internation Wind Turbine Workshop

Workshop at Guemes Island, WA, April 2004, hosted by Ian Woofenden of Solar Energy International (SEI) and taught by the guru of homemade small-scale wind turbines, Hugh Piggott. Helping out were Brian Faley, Andy Gladish, BJ Daniels, Michael McGuinness, Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink (the Dans of From blueEnergy, Mathias Craig, Lâl Marandin, and Darin Bird in attendance.

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  7. wood is much heavier, the blades will loose movement due to weight. I was thinking about fiberglass or aluminum.

  8. Usually metal or fiberglass does work better, longer, yeah you’re right. But, wood is cheaper and easier to work with. So I can imagine that’s a reason they’re using it. Plus it’s a LOT cheaper. Even if you are replacing the blades every 4 or 5 years, I bet it’s still cheaper in the long run than a composite blade set. Just a thought.

  9. The blade was sideways because the design will furl the tail in high winds (for turbine protection from overspeed). You can change the speed at which the tail furls by adding or subtracting weight from the tail.

  10. What is the reason for wood? Doesn’t seem practical. Is it hardcore environmentalism? I would think a fiberglass or composite over coating would preserve such a device for inclement weather, etc? Would that cause such a dent in your carbon footprint? Just curious. Please don’t tell me the pole is made of hemp. Heh, just kiddin’. Good work though, what a challenge. Also, why was the blade sideways on the truck test? Crosswind test??

  11. You guys are pretty hard core carving those blades by hand. Are they balanced at all??? I used to carve boomerangs by hand and that was a lot of work, I cant imagine carving somthing that big by hand. Looks like your having fun though. Keep it up.

  12. are those blades optimised for the airflow? They look like just some woodboards…, but that is great what you are doing, i wish we could have something like that..

  13. Can you teach the full version on how to do it. And by the way i live in south east asia, the voltage and everything is different, teach me that also. with best regard.

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