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Campbell Scientific 2017-11-20 12:00:00 Pressure 1015mb, Temp 14.9°C, RH 90%, Wind Dir 223° at 13knots, Gusting to 19knots, Rain last 24 hrs = 1.6mm and Davis Vantage Pro 2017/11/20 11:50:00 Pressure 1014mb, Temp 13.9°C, RH 96%, Wind Dir 229° at 15knots, Gusting to 21knots, Rain last 24 hrs = 7.8mm <- Current Weather
Date Time: 2017/11/20 11:54, Turbine Speed: 1250 rpm, WindSpeed: 13.70 knts, Input to Solar Tank: 360.85 watts, Input to Buffer Tank: 0.00 watts, Solar Relay: On, Buffer Relay: Off, Relay Override: Off, Solar Tank Temp: 48.88 C, Buffer Tank Temp: 23.24 C, Input to Solar Tank in 24Hrs: 0.00 kW, Input to Buffer Tank in 24Hrs: 0.00 kW, Total Energy Generated in 24Hrs: 0.00 kWatts and Date Time: 2017/11/20 11:58:06, PV Energy: 0.3 kW, Solar Rad. Time: 2017-11-20 11:55:00, Solar Rad.: 71 W/m², Sun Elevation: 18.3°, Total Generated in 24hrs: null kW <- Wind Turbine & PhotoVoltaic Output
Schull Tides for 2017-11-20 Time in UTC
1st HW 05:20 3.4m, 2nd HW 17:40 3.5m, 1st LW 11:20 0.5m, 2nd LW 23:40 0.5m

Altocumulus and Sea Fog

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus Lenticularis

Altocumulus

Cirrocumulus with Contrails

Cirrocumulus

Cirrus

Crepuscular Rays

Crepuscular Rays

Cumulonimbus

Cumulonimbus

Cumulonimbus

Squall Line

Double Rainbow

Double Rainbow

Moonset

Sea Mist

The Sea 'Steaming'

Snow Storm

Storm Front, Thailand

Stratus

Altocumulus at Sunrise

Sun Setting

Sunset

Sunset under Stratocumulus

Wind Turbine

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The Finished TurbineI made a Wind Turbine using Hugh Piggot's Recipe Book to heat water. With our Solar Panels and the Wind Turbine we now very rarely need to use the Mains Immersion Heater for our Hot Water.

 A Success!

 I have had various problems along the way, in particular broken blades, a bent, then broken mast, and hoisting problems. There is more on this in the Progress Page. The worst weather so far was the storm of 17th April 2013 (winds gusting up to 67 knots (Force 12)

 

 Turbine Yield

Wind Turbine Yield last 3 months Turbine Yeld for the current quarter

 Turbine Output in last 24 Hrs

Twists and Turns in wire running down mast.
Wind Turbine Output Wind Turbine Wire Twist

Twists and Turns

And I have been able to watch the twist on the wires coming down the mast by plotting the sequential changes in wind direction from my Weather Station Data since the turbine was last erected.
The Algorithm is simple:

  • Select all wind directions from date and time the turbine was erected and sort in date time order
  • Get the first one
  • Add 360 to each reading (solves the problem when going from 359 to 0)
  • Get next one and subtract from previous one

 Progress

You will find photographs and a progress report from the start of this project in October 2011 to when it was "finished" in April 2012. Then further details of evenst since then.

I got the electronic and electrical side finally working properly on 16th September 2012