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OtherPower and Home Power as popular diy microgeneration magazines

OtherPower and Home Power as popular diy microgeneration magazines

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p31A Rebel Wolf Energy Systems PublicationA Rebel Wolf Energy Systems Publication
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December 2005December 2005
Off-Grid LivingBiofuelsHydroSolar WindOff-Grid LivingBiofuelsHydroSolar Wind
 PEACE 
 
December, 2005
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter 
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December, 2005
Energy Self Sufficiency Newsletter 
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by Larry D. Barr, Editor 
(DATELINE – Inishowen, Republic of Ireland)
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From The Editor’s (Traveling) LaptopFrom The Editor’s (Traveling) Laptop
After what seemed an interminable flight over the Atlantic inone of Boeing’s finest pressurized aluminium tubes (note mycountry-correct spelling) – where I discovered how a sardinefeels with its eyes open, the pilot finally put our wheels downon the tarmac at Dublin Airport. Then he put them down again,and again . . . It’s understandable though. The wind was about35 knots, with gusts to 50, and he definitely earned his moneythat day.For those of you who are thinking, “Aha, our Editor’s taking avacation,” belay that thought. I’m actually working. I wasinvited to speak at Astro-Expo 2005 in Dublin this comingweekend (20-21 November) to introduce the new telescopethat the University I work for in Texas has just installed. It will be available to high school students around the world via theInternet, and will give them a chance to do real astronomicalresearch while still in high school.However, I’ve over an hour to fill, so I’m going to spend sometime talking about some of our science outreach programstoo. The things that we do to get students excited about sci-ence, even at the first grade level. You’d be surprised howinterested and knowledgeable some of those little tykes areabout various aspects of the sciences.But, you know me. I can’t open my big, yappy muzzle withouttalking about renewable energy, so I’ve incorporated that intomy outreach talks to kids. I’ll also be sharing some of thoseexperiences with the folks in Dublin. I’ll try to remember nextmonth to tell y’all how it went. Maybe even with a picture or two – if our Paste-up Guru will let me have a little extra spacefor the New Year. (How about it, Mike? Can I use a couple pics next month?)[Larry – all this ‘pretty please’ approach isconfusing for a thicko peasant like me. Just threaten me likeyou usually do!]Last night, as my friend Ash and I were sitting in his houseoverlooking Kinnagoe Bay, watching Sky 1 and sippingBulmer’s (nothing in it but apples and time!), I listened to thewind howling around the house at about 55 knots and it gotme to thinking about something.One of the common objections to vertical axis wind turbines(VAWTs) is that they’re woefully inefficient. And I wondered,“Are there times when we don’t really need to be concernedwith efficiency?” The wind blows here most of the time, andit’s been known to get up to 80 knots on occasion. The FoyleBridge in Derry was closed Friday to avoid a repeat of thearticulated lorry (that’d be a semi or 18-wheeler in America)that literally blew off the bridge last year.Although it’s windy here all year around, most of the seriouswind comes in the winter when the days are really short (we’reat latitude N55°) and some extra electricity could definitely be put to good use. It’d be a rough place to fly a small hori-zontal axis turbine, so I thought, “Why not just build a helluva-for-stout VAWT and stick it up in the breeze?” I don’t reallythink the efficiency matters when you have winds like this.I know that the wind purists are cringing at this point and,ordinarily, I would be too. But, if the unit is intended primarilyas a backup to grid power, or to just power some of the loads
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