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Charger circuit update

Still really struggling to get my head round designing the circuit, this ought to be easy for me being an electronics engineer by trade, but then again it’s along time since I actually used the skills, I’ll get there eventually I know what it needs to do it’s just get the how it does it bit sorted!!!

Charger Circuit

Well I’ve spent the evening thinking about the actual circuit design for the “charger” and to be honest I have a few idea’s but my brain is now fried so I think it’s best left till another day now!!

Site up date

Just decided to keep track of the cost of the project so I’ve added this to the project page

So I’ve been a bit quite for a few days, that’s because I’ve been thinking about the electronics and OK so i’ve not got very far so far, but I’ve updated the site with the current thinking, why not have a look at here.

The Generator

Well time to talk about the generator it’s self, now OK I actually brought it last weekend but I’ve update the site to discuss generators and added information about the chosen item itself, if your interested you can read all about it here.

Site update

I’ve just added a few pictures to the Wind Turbine page to show what the different types of wind turbines look like, you can see them here.

Oh and I’ve fixed the problem that stopped people leaving comments.

And finally I’ve re written the project page to give some sensible structure.

Well I’ve been doing a lot of research this evening and have finally decided that the project will be  a horizontal axis wind turbine with three PVC blades, the whole story can be read here.

The next update will be about the generator, stay tuned.

So I’ve done a bit more research and it would appear to be time for the first big decision, do I go for a vertical or horizontal axis design?  There would appear to be some very good advantages and disadvantages to both, so looks like I’m going to have to do a bit of thinking about which one to go for, so stay tuned for the out come!!

If your interested in two basic types I’ve added a page to this blog with a load of information about both, have a look here.

So what next??

So I’ve cut my usage down as much as I think I can, so what next???

Well there only seems to be one thing left to do and that’s make my own electricity, so how do I do that??  From research it appears that there are many ways of generating electricity conventionally, but as I don’t have enough room to build a coal or gas fired power station in the back garden (plus they are very polluting) and I don’t fancy having a nuclear reactor in the spare bedroom either!!!!

That really left alternative energy production namely wind power or solar power, so which one??  Well many yeas ago I did some reading up on wind power and even payed a visit to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.

So the idea was born build my own wind turbine!!  and that is what this blog is all about my project to build my own wind turbine and generate some of my own electricity, so stay tuned to my blog for my progress including all my successes and probably  a few failures along the way!!