Homebrew Wind Power

A HANDS-ON GUIDE TO HARNESSING

Homebrew Wind Power

METAL WORK

This chapter will describe how we build the 'frame' for the wind turbine. This involves a fair bit of metal work. To do this you'll need to have the ability to cut/grind and weld steel. If you're new to this type of work it might pay to practice your skills on some scraps. The tolerances with this are not terribly, again - the design is very forgiving. But some of the welds are critical so you need to be a bit careful. Also keep in mind the dangers of metal work. This is the most dangerous work you'll do to build the wind turbine. Metal is often sharp when you cut it. Grinding can be fairly dangerous - lots of shards flying around and I've seen grind stones explode before, so be sure to wear a face shield. Cutting with a torch or welding has it's obvious hazards (molten hot steel and sparks flying). Just follow proper safety proceedures and odds are you'll live through it.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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