Sunday, February 24, 2008

Useful Wind Power!

How can you harness the wind immediately for your uses? Wind Power has been used for centuries to push our ships, turn our mills and dry our clothes but, how can we use it to power our laptops, lights, and various electronic devices/appliances?

The simplest way is to check out our new Grass Roots Castle Store located in our links! We have all that you need to setup and run your own Wind Power generation station right at your home!

But what is a Wind Powered Generator (a.k.a. Wind Turbine) consist of you may ask? It consist of three basic parts:
  1. A propeller or vein,
  2. A shaft which turns a generator,
  3. And a tower or structure to hold the assembly.

Wind Turbine Generators were used for grinding grain in Persia as early as 200 B.C. This type of machine was introduced into the Roman Empire by 250 A.D. By the 14th century Dutch windmills were in use to drain areas of the Rhine River delta. In Denmark by 1900 there were about 2500 windmills for mechanical loads such as pumps and mills, producing an estimated combined peak power of about 30 MW. The first windmill for electricity production was built in Cleveland, Ohio by Charles F Brush in 1888, and in 1908 there were 72 wind-driven electric generators from 5 kW to 25 kW. The largest machines were on 24 m (79 ft) towers with four-bladed 23 m (75 ft) diameter rotors. Around the time of World War I, American windmill makers were producing 100,000 farm windmills each year, most for water-pumping.[1] By the 1930s windmills for electricity were common on farms, mostly in the United States where distribution systems had not yet been installed. In this period, high-tensile steel was cheap, and windmills were placed atop prefabricated open steel lattice towers.

A forerunner of modern horizontal-axis wind generators was in service at Yalta, USSR in 1931. This was a 100 kW generator on a 30 m (100 ft) tower, connected to the local 6.3 kV distribution system. It was reported to have an annual load factor of 32 per cent, not much different from current wind machines.

The first electricity producing windmill in the UK was created in the 1970's by Sir Henry Lawson-Tancred and was built by Ray Horner and Wilson (Widge) Conning in Boroughbridge near York in the North of England. It could create up to 100 kW of power and looked very much like the modern day turbines incorporating a three bladed propeller. - Wikipedia

Thank you for your time and attention! Please feel free to check out our new Grass Roots Castle Wind and Solar Store!

Have a great Grass Roots Castle Day!

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