My obsession with renewable energy is a little like train-spotting I suppose, but in a nice way, and without the anorak.
I recently moved office buildings down to Melbourne Docklands, and of late, I have become obsessed with wind turbines.
They are on many water craft;
I believe this is an Air Breeze Marine 12v 200watt attached to a fancy catamaran docked at Victoria Wharf. This was spinning quite fast as it was windy, and I could hardly hear it. It would connect up easily to my backup battery box.
Then there are the mother of vertical axis wind turbines on top of the ANZ building. They are five of them and are 6.5kW each when the wind is blowing at 57 kph (36 mph). That is a lot of electricity. These are called qr5 turbines and are made in the UK by quietrevolution.
This is what the qr5 looks like before installation. I don't think they would fit on my house roof, but I can only dream. Maybe something a little smaller.
So I continue to pine, and seek out my very own vertical axis turbine, which would be better suited to the urban environments and lower wind conditions. I will keep on the lookout for developments in the industry or an easy to make vertical axis turbine. How cool would it be to make my own!
Until next time dear readers.
"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails." - William Arthur Ward