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Power Tower (plans) - electricity generation from solar, wind and water in one
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by matt392 on May 25, 2013
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Intro: Power Tower (plans) - electricity generation from solar, wind and water in one device
Just a quick plan for a Power Tower. it is a tower that can generate electricity from flowing water, wind and solar panels. It is based on the premise that there is always
one of 3 things happening on the planet at any given time: water is flowing, the wind is blowing or the sun is shinning. A land-based tower can also be built that generates
electricity from wind and solar only. Please feel free to use this for your own projects.
Please note that each turbine is meant to rotate on its own axis independent of the other. They are not connected to each other. ie: when the wind blows, the
wind turbine does not affect the water turbine.
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JonDecker says: Sep 5, 2013. 7:17 AM REPLY
Keep them on the same axle. Put one generator coil in at the top in an easy to maintain location (under a hinged solar panel, for example) and make the
wind and water turbines capable of spinning freely when in reverse rotation. Your turbine blades should maintain a singular direction spin no matter which
angle the air/water current passes them. So with a simple gymbal, rachet, and pawl system per turbine on the axle shaft, you'll have less parts to maintain
over time. Build to the specifications of any medium/large marine buoy and anchor it in your preferred body of water.
It's a great concept. Are you testing your own prototypes?
matt392 says: Oct 11, 2013. 12:00 PM REPLY
If I understand what you are saying, with a rachet system it is possible to have them spin in opposite directions at the same time on the same pole. This
was what I meant when I said "on independent axis". Thank you for the information - I am not too familiar with building rotating turbines.
Thank you for the compliment - at the moment I am not testing a prototype, but once I get a little more money together, I hope to do so.
JonDecker says: Sep 5, 2013. 7:20 AM REPLY
One note, instead of stringing the electrical line over the top of the water, consider laying cables to avoid marine craft collisions.
matt392 says: Oct 11, 2013. 11:56 AM REPLY
Good point; will keep that in mind.
anique0040 says: Jul 30, 2013. 9:36 AM REPLY
very good
matt392 says: Jul 30, 2013. 12:07 PM REPLY
Thank you - I will have to work on a small prototype version at some point.
Lama100 says: May 26, 2013. 11:35 AM REPLY
cool idea, but the turbines should be seperated, because there would be much energy wasted because of air/water resistance ;)
matt392 says: May 26, 2013. 2:13 PM REPLY
Each turbine was meant to rotate separately. I will make an update to the plans.
Lama100 says: May 27, 2013. 4:22 AM REPLY
ok, i thought they are both on the same axis ;) sorry!
matt392 says: May 27, 2013. 8:42 AM REPLY
No need to apologize, it was a good point. I put the note in to make it clear.
matt392 says: May 26, 2013. 9:07 PM REPLY
Ok, made the updates. Thank you for the suggestion.
Kiteman says: May 26, 2013. 1:45 AM REPLY
Nice idea.
matt392 says: May 26, 2013. 2:03 PM REPLY
Thank you! Greatly appreciate it.