volt (downwind) gear head by Mike Miller
of Oklahoma Wind Power
Here is a very good looking downwind in the design phase by
Oklahoma Wind Power.
See a video of this unit in the air.
Turn up your sound and note that you can hear the Alternator
but not the 7 foot Elite rotor.
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TOWER SAFETY ISSUE!
Here are some pictures that Mike Miller sent to give you all a
very clear message.
BUILD YOUR TOWERS STRONG!
Here we see the test tower that Oklahoma Wind Power
uses to run tests on different generators. This is not a permanent
tower and was not designed to handle high winds. Unfortunately
for Mike a storm came up all the sudden and deliver him some 100 mph
You can see the tower is a break-over pole design for testing,
however it was not supposed to break over where it did!.
Even with a set of guy wires toward the top the 1 1/2 inch pipe
is just not strong enough to handle the lateral thrust causing it to
give way in the middle of the tower.
It may have held up if there would have been guy wires in the
middle, but that would have made it tough to work with as a test
Mike hopes that sharing this ordeal with all of you
will help someone not
loose their generator from under building their tower.
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