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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DIY wind turbine project goes open source
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DIY wind turbine project goes open source

Posted on Mar 23rd 2011 by Caleb Denison, EarthTechling
If you live in an area that sees a fair amount of wind and you'd like to reduce your utility bill by harnessing some of that wind power, a wind turbine might be a good idea. 

The trouble with most commercially made home wind turbines, though, is that they're fairly expensive, extremely tall and, if you have neighbors, they might not appreciate the new addition to the neighborhood. 

Washington state resident and do-it-your-selfer Make Marohn came up with an inventive alternative.
It's called The Zoetrope and it's a vertical-axis wind turbine made out of easily attainable parts and, according to this article, it can be assembled by just about anyone.

Applied Sciences indicates Marohn's intention for this project was to reduce his water heating bill. So, he set out to make a wind turbine that could harness the winds of the Pacific Northwest and put the energy to work for him.

The Zoetrope is a vertical-axis wind turbine made from common materials
Applied Sciences
Build Your Own Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine | The Good Human

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