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Old 11-10-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
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Homebuilt wind and solar power.

I just found this web site. It's pretty cool, it talks about how to make low cost renewable energy generators. I plan to make a portable wind turbine soon because I can get most of the parts for free. It also talks about making PV panels from cheap solar cells that you can find on ebay.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:41 PM   #2
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Re: Homebuilt wind and solar power.

Thats a pretty good site, though its funny that his girlfriend is one of his projects Maybe she's dangerous or powerful I have been seriously thinking about putting turbines or blades on my bus for aesthetics and energy. Because I am designing a steampunk bus these additions will complete the look. A couple questions, would there be any real advantage to the blades/turbine spinning while driving? Could a homebuilt system handle that beating? Would it be better to simply use the alternator while driving? Any ideas and comments are welcome, especially because I am going to do this anyway, just to complete the past-future victorian look. Does anybody have any other good ideas for steampunking a bus?
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:29 AM   #3
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Re: Homebuilt wind and solar power.

You would lose energy by letting the bus power the windmill. Even if 100 % of the extra engine power could be transferred directly to the wind mill shaft with, say, a chain or belt, the friction losses would make it a net loss. A larger alternator would minimize such losses.
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