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Old 08-19-2016, 11:52 PM   #1
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Wind power generation

I saw a wind generator on a mast strapped to the ladder of a m/h. The balades where spinning rapidly and makes me think it could be a good way to power up ( at times).

Anyone have info on this possibility?

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Old 08-20-2016, 07:35 AM   #3
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If you go this route you will have to have a larger wind turbine to make any difference in your charging. Larger turbines are successfully used in the marine application and is a viable solution for RV's.

I had looked at this option but decided against it due to required size of the turbine, ability to carry it, and setup requirements every time you move. If I would invest in this I would look at a sturdy pole mounted on a reciever hitch or anchored under wheel.

We boondock quite a bit but move on almost a daily basis while traveling so wind turbine option just didn't seem practical.
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Wind is very dependant on location and height above ground. For an RV typically solar will provide better results.
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We just went from DFW to Colorado and back .... 100's if not 1000's of the monstrous wind turbines in west Texas and MOST were not spinning...

tells me it's not a viable energy source in the BEST of scenarios...
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I was involved in a mining project in the UP of Michigan. At some point a company that develops and operates wind turbine farms contacted me inquiring about our needs for power etc.

During the conversations I learned quite a bit on how & why these farms are developed. One driver for these wind farms is the regulations that require utilities to have a minimum % of there total power provided by renewable energy (hydro, solar, wind, garbage/wood burning power plants).

Large hyrdo plants are really feasible anymore due to environmental & public resistance. Same with garbage/wood burning plants, no one wants them in their back yards. That leaves solar and wind which have limitations.

Before any company will invest in building a wind farm they do extensive testing that will so whether the winds will be capable of providing enough power to support a turbine. This testing takes time but once they satisfy themselves the wind will be sufficient there is still a permitting issue and public resistance. Not an fast/easy/cheap process.
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I found this

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Solar has no moving parts. It works when the wind isn't blowing. No set up at each campsite unless you want to tilt them to the sun, which is what I would recommend if you don't mind getting up on your roof or can afford to install a motorized tilt mechanism. Easy to expand if you want to. How does one expand a wind system? Put up another windmill, at every campsite.
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Wind is the most expensive energy in use today. The reason most of the windmills you see are stationary is because the utility only needs a few online to meet the required percentage of renewable energy per federal mandate and they want to limit the hours on the turbines because they cost a fortune to maintain.

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