"The most fun you can have with your
(Dan Bartmann of wondermagnet.com)
Thanks to Ian Woofenden
for providing many of the pictures on these pages.
These pages may be slow to load because I have gone for high resolution images in this case.
If you have a slow connection, why not go off and get a breath of air
or make a cup of coffee and come back soon.
Why does the sun never come out for the group photo?
This is the bigger of the two machines we finished during the course. Rotor diameter is 8 feet (2.4 metres).
Course staff from top left : Ian Woofenden (SEI and Home Power), Brain Faley (Shoreline Power), Andy Gladish and BJ Daniels of Guemes
Hugh Piggott, and Win Anderson and Michael McGuinnes of Guemes
We were using Win's shop for the week. BJ and Win helped with tbe woodworking.
Putting the larger machine onto the tower for erection. The tail is a map of the island.
The big machine is on the tall tower (twenty feet up but still not nearly tall enough)
and the little 4' diameter machine is on a short stand in the foreground.
Of course we had no wind to speak of and the best I saw was a 7 watt ouput.
Later we did truck testing of the small machine. I recorded 30 amps output at 16 volts.
But to get that output I had to hold down the furling tail and we had to hit about 45 mph.
Not very scientific, but lots of fun!
At 30 mph we got about 10 amps at 15 volts and the tail was starting to furl.
Here is the power room with the SW inverter that manages the intertie.
"What a warm, sweet feeling on a dark, ugly day to look
up and see that mill makin' watts!"