Wind belt generators

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  • Sat, Mar 21, 2009 - 07:24pm

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    Wind belt generators

Its always the same for me, a couple of days after I put down a deposit for a solar sysyem, I come across a recent invention that would knock the socks off the current cost of solar and wind generators.  Its called a wind belt generator, and information on the web is pretty slim.  Another benefit is it doesn’t take more than 3(?)-8-10mph winds to for it to start working.  One neighbor put money down for a set, honestly not even sure if that is wind belt driven, but he’s not going to get a unit to install until fall. 

Anyone else know about the latest-greatest-cheapest wind generators?

  • Sat, Mar 21, 2009 - 10:16pm

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    Re: Wind belt generators

Hi,

I remember seeing the video of the young inventor, though, it seems like it is very much in the testing stage and not quite ready for prime time.

An option is the MotorWind system developed in Hong Kong.  The web site is cheesy, but the technology looks promising and the product seems to be available now.

http://www.motorwavegroup.com/new/motorwind/index.html

  • Sat, Mar 21, 2009 - 10:53pm

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I’m very satified with my Southwest Windpower Whisper 100.  Made in Flagstaff, Arizona. Very hardy in extreme N.E. Colorado winds and quiet to boot. Remember for every dollar you spend on efficiency you’ll save 3-5 dollars on generation. Check out Homepower.com and Kansas Wind Power.

  • Sun, Mar 22, 2009 - 12:28am

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Finally found the product that my neighbor probably bought, he wouldn’t tell me what it was directly, its pretty new stuff.  Will contact them ASAP and report back.

article here:

http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/06/invention_brings_wind_energy_h.html

  • Sun, Mar 22, 2009 - 03:01pm

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Interesting, but look what just one of many posters comments have to say.

"According to Consumers Energy the average customer’s monthly
electricity bill is 72 dollars. This thing can save the average
consumer 20 percent on his electric bill which is around 15 dollars a
month or 180 dollars a year. If you add in 500 bucks to install and
wire this thing in, it would take about 14 years a current energy rates
for it to pay for itself. It may take a lot longer if you only save 10
percent (the developer says 10-20%) on your energy bill with it. The
other kicker is- is that wind turbine going to last 14 years or more
sitting on a roof top and enduring those Michigan winters? There might
be better ways to save on your electric bill."

I think it would be better to have the 15,000 model and completely end dependence on any utility comopany, by achieving the 1.5 kilowatts that homes use. Then there is the conversion cost of DC to AC? At least in solar there is. Not sure about wind.

I think I’ll wait till prices come down………..

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1-1.5 kilowatts? Man, we only use .75!  True, there are remaining questions I am trying to get answered, 1)inverters? 2) can they be serially installed to gen more wattage? I think the base model generates 1500 watts.  But based on a projected cost of 2000 per 1500 watts, its at or near the current rebates offered.  Its not Monday yet, so am still waiting to make that call.

  • Wed, Mar 25, 2009 - 04:11am

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Earthtronics is coming out in fall with a "turbine in a box" about 1500watts for 4000, which isn’t that different than solar panels which go about 270watts for 1000.  PV lasts 25 years, don’t know how long these turbines will go. 

My neighbor really thinks he is getting a great system, but he mistakenly thinks the power company will give him a rebate for a non-grid tied system, to which I called the local power company and they dont give away money for nothing.

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    Re: Wind belt generators

on the thread of alternatives to mainstream alternatives I’ve been reading up on Human power. I just bought a book called The Human Powered Home and I also remembered bookmarking a construction guide for a pedal powered generator.

I plan on setting up a cycle powered water pump to go from my spring/well to a large resevoir higher up on a hill and hooking up a cycle powered generator to compliment my solar pannels for charging my batteries. It will be a challenge but a lot of fun to do at the same time. Wheither SHTF or not I’m just too damn cheap to bother buying a generator!

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Good luck with that…….  Unless you’re Lance Armstrong, you’ll be flat out generating 100W.  100W pumps are pretty useless decices, most swimming pool pumps are 1500W.  Our solar panels generate 1280W.  To generate as much energy as they produce, you’d have to pedal 40 hours a day, every day.

You’ll be doing a LOT of pedalling (24/7?), effort which in my opinion  would be far better spent gardening or something,

It’s unfortunate that people do not understand energy….  E = Power x Time

Mike 

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Good luck with that…….  Unless you’re Lance Armstrong, you’ll be flat out generating 100W. 

It’s unfortunate that people do not understand energy….  E = Power x Time

Mike 

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Mike,

Why don’t you back off. You can be so full of yourself at times, well most of the time.

While I don’t know the kind of pump Ruhh is talking about, I personally have a hand pump that does lots of work in a little time. You don’t have to convert to electricity and then back to mechanical if you are starting with mechanical.

You don’t know the distances being pumped, quantities, or really anything, now do you? 1500 watts will fill a huge pool in a matter of hours, and is way overkill for the amount of water I use, how ’bout you?

For you to come out like that and assault someone for no good reason is nothing but rude, and I just don’t see why you need to go there. Ask a question or 2 and try to help, don’t just be a jerk. No one wants to hear it.

Rog

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