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Discussion in 'Alternative Energy' started by fordson major, Jun 28, 2006.
quite the extension cord!
There is a website out there for another style of tethered wind generator system, with a barrel like device the spins around the long axis of the device. I can't imagine that they could be very practical, because of wire size and cost to get the electricity down, among other concerns.
yep have seen another site with ones like you are talking jim!! still would be worth it as another aspect, barrage balloons!! was buzzed by 7 jets screaming in to the local airport today!! :flame: bro and i just bout hit the ground,we figured one was crashing on top of us! :flame: this idea would have kept them and the hotair balloons off our air space (barbqued chopper anyone? )
The way copper prices have gone insane, that would be a very pricy extension cord...................lol
sounds good .......on paper
and now for the real world......
Perhaps something for 500w might work, if that is all you need. For 500w towers are only seem to be economical up to 30-45 feet. Perhaps you could beat that with some sort of tower/kite/blimp hybrid. One idea for 500w in a place with pine trees would be to use a simple 20 foot aluminum strut extended 15 feet past the top of one ot the taller trees, with the top 10 feet or so cut off and some of the branches trimmed. This might work well in a place where you have steady wind above the trees, but not much near the ground even in clearings. In a place that is more flat and open with always some wind near the ground, but not much, like on a lake shore, perhaps an oversized but cheap and lightly built cretan windmill or savonius rotor closer to the ground would be just as cost effective as trying to build a taller tower for only 500w of power.