The Irish site for home built wind mills
Well almost the last day we are going back on Monday to finish ( all the lads bar one are living locally )
All that is left to do is put on the blades and balance them then we are going to keep our eye on the forecast for some wind and put it up for testing. It's been very calm here this week and It's always nice to see a wind turbine you just made up and making some power. So more of the story on Monday.
Pat-Joe finishing off a blade
Jiim, Kieran and Muiris get the machine together
Now all it needs is a bit of paint
Ian Woofenden, Renewable Energy Author, Speaker, & Consultant now has a facebook page.
For the past seven years, he has coordinated and co-taught SEI's (Solar Energy International) PV, Wind, Micro-hydro, and Homebuilt Wind Generators workshops in the San Juan Islands in Washington State.
He is also a Senior Editor for Home Power magazine, Ian deals with authors and RE industry people all over the world.
Ian is the auhtor of "Wind Power for Dummies" and has lived off-grid for 20+ years with his large family.
Ballinamore Day 2
Today we made the magnet rotor molds and jig and the mold for the stator. We also got the magnet rotors drilled out a two of the blade are finished on one side and marked up for the next stage one of the blades has some nasty knots and is slower to carve.
Cutting out the magnet rotor jig
Drilling the magnet rotors
Making the magnet rotor molds
Marking the back of the blades
The British Department of Energy and Climate Change intends to reward generators of renewable energy - Solar, Wind, Hydro etc - with a guaranteed price for the electricity they produce: the Feed In Tariff. This will come into effect in April 2010.
However the regulations will be such that that owners of self-built renewable energy systems will be excluded from these rewards even though these are the very people who pioneered home produced electricity.
To assure a fair reward for these green pioneers, please sign the petition to 10 Downing St
The situation is similar here in Ireland and I wish our nabours the best with this and admire their ability to stand ip for themselfs. So we wil try and get somthing organised here in the next week or so and see waht our boys do !! Youd think it would be easy with the green party in power at the moment.
So if you have any ideas on it get in touch with us through our contact page
A project in Mali training a group to build wind turbines to Hugh Piggotts design.
The project has finished its intial training period and the group are now making small wind turbines each Saturday.
A large fund of the NCDO has been granted for half the costs to supply materials and pay the wages for the construction 24 wind turbines.
Technical support and questions are given on a weekly basis via skype. Support "at site" could lead to more efficient learning approach and volunteers are seeked.
Sponsoring and grants are very welcome in order to make this "still fragile" project become a success.
Project web site
Bird and bat kills are an issue that utility-scale wind farms deal with. Small residential-scale wind turbines do not pose a similar hazard.
But recently I witnessed a situation where a small wind turbine in West Virginia became the victim of bird activity.
|Vistors a day:||40|