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Micro wind turbines?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by cowboy1964, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
  2. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    Anything beats paying the prices for power the utility companies charge.

  3. RED64CJ5


    Jul 7, 2003
    Except for "green" power sources. Their cost per megawatt or kilowatt hour makes commercial grid power look cheap. It may be fashionable to bash the electric companies for their rates but the reality is being that they can generate en mass, they can do it much more cost effectively.
  4. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

    Sep 28, 2009
    Except that the reason most are here or would want a small wind turbine is not cost, but independence, and survivability.

    Even in a low wind area, occasionally there are windy conditions where if the turbine was producing 10% of the time, it would be worth it as backfill if the sun werent shining or for heavy loads.
  5. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the small "micro" turbines required a lot of wind to function? I think that's the price you pay for small blades.

    The "energy barrel" in the video is kinda silly. Windmill not hooked up, barrel mostly empty, and solar panels hung about but not orienting to the sun. Once that mill's hooked to a turbine it won't spin so freely...
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011


    Mar 3, 2010
    Idk, "10 watts max" from that turbine isn't gonna power much at all. And why on a 55gal drum? That could have all been mounted on a standard cooler.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  7. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

    +1 :supergrin:

    If I were going to engineer a portable lightweight micro-wind turbine setup like this for a specific purpose..

    ..such as running a radio, cell phone charger, laptop & mobile hotspot while at the beach or while hiking..

    ..I would have removable blades so the VAWT unit could be compactly stored inside the cooler..

    ..or a portable, guy-wired, sectioned pole HAWT setup that could employ larger blades..

    .. that could be dual use with an antenna for a transceiver.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2011
  8. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    And keep beer cold at the same time...:tongueout: