Wind engine

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Offline birdzoom

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« on: 23/01/2011 00:30:00 »
Here is an animation for a wind engine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HPybxPPViA

Let us know what do you think.

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« Reply #1 on: 23/01/2011 01:35:34 »
It's only going to do work if the wind speed and/or direction are continually changing. That means it's not going to collect a large amount of the available wind energy.
There ain'ta no sanity clause, and there ain'ta no centrifugal force Šther.

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« Reply #2 on: 23/01/2011 02:44:39 »
This looks like the same thing you had earlier.
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=36633

I like your animations.  Great tools!!!

It would work on the variability of the wind...  gusts would be enough if it was self-centering.

As mentioned earlier, it is somewhat like a "tree generator" that has been proposed.  If designed right, it might be less harmful to birds than a conventional generator.  However, I'd have to agree with Geezer that the overall efficiency is likely low, with significant complexity due to lots of moving parts.

4 pumps would be sufficient.  And, with a ball swivel and double-acting pumps, perhaps 2.