Your Questions About Wind Turbine Generators For Home Use

Sandra asks…

Are solar panels the best way to get electricity without harming the environment?

I have a project and im in grade nine the project is about saving electricity. We had many choices to choose from wind,hydro, solar, geothermal, nuclear and solar. I choose solar but now im wondering if i made the right decision. We have to design a poster talking about how it works and is it the BEST
way to get electricity without harming the environment ? HELP ANYONE?

admin answers:

Hey Jesse, you’re timing is perfect. Solar actually might be the best environmental way to produce electricity, but many of your anwers here are correct that it will never produce the power we need, not because solar isn’t powerful enough, but because the way we harness it is quite inefficient. Solar electric, or, “photovoltiac,” panels only convert about 12% of the incoming sun into electricity, the rest just heats up the panel. Arguments such as Erins that they offset agricultural production are baseless since most of these devices are on the roof tops of homes and businesses, or in the desert. Our home has been powered by the wind and sun for 11 years now, my panels sit on the garage roof, I don’t grow tomatoes up there, and they run the entire home. We have a wind turbine in the field behind our home, and in 11 years, I’ve never found a single dead bird under the turbine. The flower bed in front of our homes picture window is another story though. In the first days of the Altamont Pass wind project in California, there was a problem of dead birds, specifically Golden Eagles, which are rare raptors. Turns out the particular type of blade they used there mimmicked the mating call of these birds. Since then turbine blades have been redesigned, and the problem of bird kills has been pretty much eliminated. Solar electric panels are still very useful, but the real answer is actually in the desert.

The Germans are working on a project right now to use the sun and heat in the desert to make electricity which will be more like 60% efficient. How it works is they use large concentrators to focus the hot sun on collectors that heat oil to several hundred degrees. The oil is circulated into a huge insulated tank, then an oil to water heat exchanger is used to take sea water, boil it into steam and run a steam turbine. The turbine turns a generator and makes electricity. As a by product, the recondensed steam becomes fresh water, the salt is naturally extracted in the boiling process and seperated out, and the fresh water is then used to irrigate crops that will grow alongside the solar concentrators. So we can take a patch of desert, devoid of life, make electricity and grow food all at the same time with just the power of the sun. They will produce enough power to run all of Europe with just the northwest corner of the Sahara. No wildlife will be displaced, but the crops, partial shade and water will attract new wildlife to the area. Another benefit of this system is with all the oil heated and stored in an insulated tank, it can continue to boil water even when passing clouds shade the concentrators, or well into the night. So now we have access to solar power at night too. And the oil is continually recirculated, none of it gets burned or used up. Once it’s operating, it can continue to produce electricity and fresh water for decades without any emissions. It is very promising, and if it works as well there as they hope, I’m sure in another 10 years you’ll see them on all continents, including ours.

Stick with your choice for solar Jesse, we did 11 years ago, and our array puts out the same amount of power today as it did then. I’ve never turned a screw on my solar array or had to add a drop of oil, and our home has not been without power for even a minute in all those years. Hard to put a price on that. In your research you will undoubtedly hear the argument that, “Solar panels never produce as much power as was used to produce them.” This is blatently false, tons of research has been done to prove that the, “Embodied Energy,” in a solar panel is earned back in just a few years. But even if it weren’t, it wouldn’t matter. Coal, oil and natural gas electric plants never earn back their embodied energy because no matter how efficient they might be, once you build one, it then has to be fed more fuel to make electricity, so it never does get even environmentally. It always amazes me how we’ve been burning coal and oil for years, but as soon as someone comes up with something as clever as a photovoltiac panel, the world is always trying to discredit it. Keep that in mind when you are doing research and answering questions about this subject.

You can see articles and pictures of the project by clicking on the links below, or try venturing out on your own by googling phrases like, “Desertec Project,” or, “Northwest Sahara Solar Project.” You will probably find some great photos to use too. Take care Jesse, Rudydoo

William asks…

What is the best vertical axis wind turbine available?

What is the best vertical axis wind turbine available? What sites should I look at? Its for my home.

admin answers:

The only vertical axis wind turbines I’m familiar with are the Maglev generators. You can find them at
www.greenstrides.com/2007/11/27

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ALEKO WG450MW 24V Wind Generator Turbine 3 Blades

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Your Questions About Wind Generators For Boats

Lizzie asks…

Which wind turbines do barges & some yachts use for power?

I see barges, canal boats & occasionally small yachts with these brilliant looking (small) turbines on them.
Who makes them?
How much power do they produce, what do they power?

admin answers:

Here is a web site for you to start with

http://www.shop.solar-wind.co.uk/acatalog/marine_wind_generators_wind_turbines_aerogen.html

they supply small wind generators for boats, in both 12v and 24v application, capable of charging up to 3 banks of batteries. The web site will describe each system.

There is also much more info on line if you do a google search.

Http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1T4GGLL_enUS344US344&q=small+boat+marine+wind+turbines+in+europe&btnG=Search&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

hope this helps

Maria asks…

I want to travel from long Beach harbor to Hawaii. What is the minimum sized boat for 6 people?

Using both sail and diesel to make the trip.

admin answers:

The more exact distance is 2,140 miles, still it will take you at least 15 days if weather & winds work in your favor.

You will need at least a 36 footer minimum – 46 footer if you need to be a bit more comfortable.

Your problem will be not enough space for stuff, the kind of food you take, fuel, and fresh water. Not one sailboat I know of in the under 50′ range will carry enough fuel to run your motor continually for more than a few days. So, you won’t be able to carry enouth fuel to continually run your engine or generator – therefore, you will have to get food that does not require refrigeration.

The Pacific crossing in that area is not friendly.

Without all of you having experience on a sailboat on the open seas – you would be much better off buying 24 first class tickets on a cruise ship and taking more friends. It would be much more fun, and much less cheaper.

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12 Volt Wind and Solar Charge Controller w/ LED Display & 1200 Watt Divert Load

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Freedom II PMG 12/24 Volt Permanent Magnet Wind Turbine Generator from Missouri Wind and Solar

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Tumo Int Wind Turbine GeneratorTumo Int 5000W wind turbine is a low torque, low wind system, rated 5000W at 26.8 mph, start up wind speed is 4.47 mph. Wind and solar hybrid charge controller is included to convert AC to DC. Charge controller can handle 5000W wind load. Hybrid inverter also has built-in dump load function. Hybrid controller has LCD display to show the charging current and battery voltage. Product SpecificationRated power: 5000 watts Generator voltage: DC 110V Rated Speed: 400 RPM
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ALEKO WG450MW 12V Wind Generator Turbine 3 Blades

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ALEKO® WGVQ300 Three Phase Permanent Magnet AC Synchronous Vertical Wind Generator 300W 12V Wind Generator Turbine

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Your Questions About Wind Turbine Cost

Linda asks…

where can I find grants to help build a wind turbine?

I live in MT. I am looking for grants that would help pay for some or all of the cost to build and hook a wind turbine to power my house. The costs for wind turbine are expensive but I would like to try to find alternative energy sources for my home.

admin answers:

Forget about grants. If you want it bad enough you will get off your lazy butt and earn the money to build one. Why should someone else pay for you to have a wind turbine?

Nancy asks…

Who really wants to save on their electric bill by using solar or wind turbine?

Hello; There are many states that have grants and / or enticements to go to solar or wind turbines to help defray the cost of these technologies. I hear you people talking but when are you going to do something about it?

admin answers:

(I got this from my solar guy)
In New Jersey it’s a pretty good deal. I’m not making a political statement, just a financial one.

For Residential:
30% Federal Tax Credit
SRECs are good until 2026, currently selling at $655/SREC (which means for every 1MW produced). They are mandated by NJ State Law.

For Commercial:
30% Federal Grant
SRECs are good until 2026, currently selling at $655/SREC (which means for every 1MW produced). They are mandated by NJ State Law.
Accelerated Depreciation (allows you to depreciate 85%-100% of the cost of the system the first year)

The IRR is between 20-30%.
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Good luck.

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PowerMax+2KW Wind Turbine for Home and Business

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Your Questions About Wind Turbine Generators

Daniel asks…

What items have a motor that is good for a wind turbine generator?

I work at a place where people drop off stuff for free, and I salvage what I can and sell the items for just enough to pay for the electricity bill. I was wondering what kind of items that would normally be no good would have a motor in it that would be good for a wind turbine. As a company that pushes for going green, I think having green energy, by making wind turbines, would be great for this small company.

I’ve read that treadmills have good ones, and older computers. What other things would have them?

admin answers:

Air conditioners….you can watch a video on www.onlyrenewable.com that shows this.
VERTICAL AXIS WIND TURBINE WINDMILL ALTERNATIVE GREEN POWER

Nancy asks…

Why does my wind turbine generator pulse instead of spinning smoothly?

I have (2) wind generators on a caye and they spin and then stall. It seems to hit velocity and then pauses/stalls every 15 seconds. One it’s annoying and two it probably is not producing the max output DC current, too.

admin answers:

Perhaps the two wind turbines are too close to each other and some sort of resonance is occurring? We don’t understand caye/ can you use a different word and more details? You can check for resonance by preventing one propeller from turning, then the other, but not both at the same time. If this stops the pulsing; resonance is likely.
Another possibility is the battery is supplying electricity to the generator causing it to run as a motor, part of the time.
The battery may be drawing excessive (or not enough) current from the generator so that your charge controllers are producing the 15 second cycle. Do you have separate batteries (and separate charge controllers) for each wind generator? Try supplying the poorest battery with several amps from a battery charger connected to your electric utility. Neil
Does the pulsing stop when you draw several amps from a battery?

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The Small Wind Turbine 12 Volt Generator Kit works well at home, for RVs, remote cabins, and camping. Many people around the world are using these wind turbines because they are safe, efficient, and user friendly. In addition to tower installation for charging batteries, wind turbines can be used for testing and experimenting with new inventions. This wind turbine has been used on vehicles, bicycles, kites and kinetic wind sculptures. Generate up to 15 watts while charging a 12 volt battery. Pow
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