Wind Power Generator

Thomas asks…

What is the career called that deals with renewable energy?

What is the career called that deals with renewable energy, and teaches students how to design things like, solar panels and wind powered generators. What universities of colleges offer the course? Also can someone provide a link to the college or university page that deals with their renewable energy course.
Does anyone know about the course in Uvic? They have someone guy in their commercial holding a wind powered generator model.

Windmill Farms answers:

Many many careers can deal with renewable energy..

Try civil, mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering.

Jenny asks…

What kind of a generator is used on a Piper Cub?

I’m referring to the small wind powered generators that some owners have installed under their aircraft.

……………. and is it not possible to install an engine driven altenator / generator on these aircraft?

Windmill Farms answers:

Its called a RAT
Ron Cox in Georgia makes the TurboAlternator. His company is called Basic Aircraft products

George asks…

What kind of a generator is used on a Piper Cub?

I’m referring to the small wind powered generators that some owners have installed under their aircraft.

……………. and is it not possible to install an engine driven altenator / generator on these aircraft?

Windmill Farms answers:

Some people build their own. There are also aftermarket ones like in the second link below.

Maria asks…

how can i do my part to go green without breaking the bank?

i use compact florecent bulbs
i conserve water
but i cant afford like a wind power generator or solar panels so what else can i do within my reach?
What im trying to ask is how can i conserve power, water, and landfill space for cheap?

Windmill Farms answers:

Wow. Honestly, if you are breaking the bank to be green, you are doing it wrong, my friend. Wrong.

Think of it this way: Probably the greenest people of the past century were those during the Great Depression. These people were extremely efficient with items because they had to be.

Being green saves money!

Though solar panels and whatnot often do save money in the long run (though it also depends on where you live) there are other ways. Me, for instance. I’m a newly-wed, tiny little apartment. We don’t NEED a lot of energy. Just allocating your power saves plenty of money and is effective.

–Check your insulation. This is so much better than worrying about heating/air conditioning. If your house is secure, it will lower the need for lots of heating and air conditioning. Money saved!

–Consider walking/biking to places within reasonable distance. You save on gas.

–Don’t feel you have to have the latest and best. Sure, the new washer or whatever might be all Energy Star and might even save you money in the long run, but if your current works great, why toss out something still useful? Use what you have! Money saved!

–Only wash your clothes when they are actually (gasp) dirty! It’s better on your clothes and saves energy.

–Line dry. Gentler on clothes, saves money, and sunlight is a natural stain bleach.

–Make your own cleaning products. Vinegar, baking soda, borax, and lemon juice make a total kick, can clean anything, and are ridiculously cheap.

–Turn out the lights and unplug anything that is digital/has any sort of light when not in use. It does save money and energy.

–Save your soap! Bits of soap mixed with water make liquid soap!

–Watch your garbage by not buying so much crap. But what you need and aim for minimal packaging.

–Don’t use plug-in air fresheners.

–Compost. It’s fun, it’s easy, it saves on planting stuff, and it saves the energy of your garbage disposal.

–Plants love grey water (used water).

Carol asks…

can I use the generator head from a gas powered generator to make a wind generator?

I have a generator and want to take the generator off the motor and hook up to wind power. Can it work?

Windmill Farms answers:

Maybe. See below.

One problem may lie with rotational speed. The gas engine ran at thousands of RPM. The wind turbine will be running much slower, so you need to use gears or pulleys to change the speed to match that of the generator. Now the question is do you have enough power from the wind turbine to drive the gears and the generator?

Depends on the size of the turbine and the size of the generator.

One additional point, the generator, I suspect, is a 60hz 120 volts AC generator. Running it slower than designed for will produce lower voltages and lower frequency output, which will not be able to be used for anything except light bulbs. Even if you get to output the correct voltage and frequency, as soon as the wind changes slightly, the voltage and frequency will change again.

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