posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 01:17 PM
reply to post by Alaskan Man
Wow that's awesome, totally feasable idea - a wire tensioned over the ridge of a peeked house might be able to power the lighting system inside.
I did notice a few issues, number one he used a high powered table fan to blow a short wire, a vertical axes wind turbine would be going off the
charts if it were to a similer scale - hehe powering a clock is an old cheat too, they use like 1/20th of an amp @ 1.5 V
The wind rarely rises to the power of a table fan where i live (England, no jest, see how much a table fan blows your hair when you look right into
it!) however an aray 8 deep, 8 long in a windy spot might make a few amps @ 12v, enough if used spareing to power an LED lighting rig.
Not sure how extending the length of the wire (by harmonic factors no doubt) would scale the power generated - I fear that this might only work on a
very small scale. Which in itself is good, small modular mass produced units could work out to be very practical - the eloquence of the design is a
big factor in this, they look simple by modern stadards (no bearing, woot!) so if production was possible at a less than maybe fifty pence per unit,
possibly even upto £2, an effective supply chain could be created which would see the overall modual cost per life time Amphour to rival even
hydrocarbon based generation, although i doubt the scale could ever compare in terms of max output.
Overall i think this is a great invention which could have long term implications for the off grid power generation community (which will hopefully
soon be the comunity at large
) however it's only a small part in a complex solution, this offers one more choice to the hundreds already out
Thanks for bringing this to my attention OP, i will follow this with great interest and hopefully find time to perform my own experiments - it's
certainly going to get a mention in my ebook on esoteric electrical generation, when i get my van to start and can resume work on it that is