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Wind Turbines
Sun 23-Oct-11
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Tristar
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I have just submitted a planning app for an 18m 11Kw wind turbine in my field, as anyone any experience with turbines that may help me? I would be most gratefull

 

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hope you get some info. We have been talking about the same as I want to get off grid. Currently we have solar tubes and a back bolier on the wood burning Esse to provide hot water and heat some rads and it has recuded our leccy bill dramatically.

Trying to enjoy life as it is

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Sun 23-Oct-11
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I have read that they are not very efficient at what they are supposed to do.

I'll try that again!

Sun 23-Oct-11
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Got a flock of them just down the road at Bicker according to official figures they produce less than 25% capacity and all through the cold high pressure last winter they didn't move !  If the companies had to use their own money instead of our subsidy to commission them they wouldn't  exist.

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Glad I didn't make that up in my head, thanks for the confirmation Seth.

I'll try that again!

Mon 24-Oct-11
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I've been wondering about them too but one of the biggest inefficiencies I can see is that it is big companies peddling them for EU money at large inflated prices. I have been wondering about vertical wind turbines instead and something more easily constructed locally.

Tue 25-Oct-11
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Personally I am not too interested in wind turbines, they seem to spend a lot of time doing nothing, however a friend of mine in Sweden is looking at the idea of a ridge roof wind generator which apparently is the most efficient means of capturing wind energy in a domestic environment.

Maybe another idea.

I have reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me...

Tue 25-Oct-11
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I looked at ridge mounted turbines in the first instance and found that because we are surrounded by trees we could not be guaranteed a suitable wind flow, the same problem arose when we looked at roof mounted pv panels.

 

Joanna, vertical axis turbines are apparently more efficient because they are not affected by turbulence, but  I have been unable to find a company that will install them, they are not as yet "commercially viable" I think that means they haven't found a way of justifying a massive profit from them.

The problem with the big turbines you see on the hills, is that the electric companies are always switching them off at times of low demand, which is of course the time that you tend to see them, I suppose it is easier to stop a turbine from turning than it is to stop a nuclear power station from producing.

 

Keith

Wed 26-Oct-11
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I thought the vertical ones were more efficient than others from my research. I think they are also more easily made - hence no big profits from them. I was really shocked to hear that wind turbines were going to cost huge sums of money to install but the companies will help to access funding - a scam if ever I heard one.

Hopefully some folks will wake up to the fact and start producing the vertical ones at affordable prices, or at least publish some good diagrams so folks can make them for themselves.cheers

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