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Rinky-dink wind turbine for use on top of barn?

 
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Vortex



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject: Rinky-dink wind turbine for use on top of barn? Reply with quote

Can anyone recommend a reliable, cheap wind turbine I can stick on top of a barn to charge a 12 volt battery for running a low power PC?
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contadino



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rutland 913? Expensive, but reliable by all accounts (although I'm sure someone will come along and say theirs was crap.)

I think HardWorkingHippy has a Rutland.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll second Rutland, not super efficient, not particularly innovative but they work well and have decent build quality. Stick it onto a couple of meters of pole above the roof line and it'll do some work for you.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've also heard rutland works reasonably well.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got two 910s - the old models in the 913 range.

I'm pleased with them - I bought a second one a few years after I'd had the the first which is now 17 years old. They're very reliable in my experience and produce well in a good steady wind.

New, they're under 500 http://tinyurl.com/yz23u86 and you can often get them second-hand from boating small ads.

I did a write-up in my blog a couple of years ago about them which contains a bit more info :

http://lafermedesourrou.blogspot.com/2007/11/rutland-wind-generators.html

You'd be wise to also get some photovoltaic panels as a back-up when there's no wind. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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You'd be wise to also get some photovoltaic panels as a back-up when there's no wind

60W PV pack (heavy!) already waiting to go!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I should have known.... Wink
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