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Experimental Wind Turbine Tower Project – Using a Tall Tree (Part 2)

2 Apr , 2016   Video

A video about raise up a super tall tree into the air with a bunch of pulleys and then see how it functions as a wind turbine tower. The goal of the project was to source materials for a 50-foot tower, in this case, a skinny, tall, dead tree. Then use a living tree as the “crutch” to winch up and support the dead tree. Diagram-for-big-wind-turbin

After testing out the new tower, the next step would be to attach a medium size wind turbine to the top of the dead tree. This would put the wind turbine high up above obstacles, hopefully make it spin faster and generate power.

Another benefit, since the tower is attached to another tree for support, no guy wires would be required and it would blend in with the background. The actual wind turbine unit would be on a slight angle so that the turbine would avoid the tree branches.

Tall trees? I have lots of tall trees to choose from. The cabin is located in a small forest that was devastated with an insect called the Mountain Pine Beetle. It killed off many trees in different stages of life. What I was looking for was a tree that measured roughly 8 inch wide at the base and as tall as a 50 feet. The type of tree is called a Lodgepole Pine (see link below). The trees do bend a bit, but are quite durable.
FYI: I’m afraid of heights. It scared the poop out of me going up the extension ladder to attach the chains to the support tree. It was only 22-feet up, but when the wind blew through the trees… it was a little nerve-racking.

Top-of-dead-pine-tree Pine-tree-on-gound

The next step was to find a good place for the tower. It had to have a decent tree for support, get clean wind, close to the battery bank and could safely be raised and lowered. I also have to keep in mind for my neighbors. If I had a problem, could it fall on their cabin or outbuildings.

Wind-turbine-on-bunk-house The current location is on top of the bunk house. Aside from the vibration noise, the roof ice has managed to dislodge a support pole. It sits only 15 feet up and gets little wind. Lowering it for maintenance is a little difficult too. My power pulley works great for lifting , but it doesn’t reverse in power mode. The user has to manually pull the wire off the spool.

For this test, my good neighbour lent a hand and we used his DC powered Warn winch on his jeep. It made the process of lifting the dead tree really easy and safe.

Watch the video and see what happens.



Link to Mountain Pine Beetle:

Music credit: Bubblegum Ballgame by JR Tundra, YouTube Audio Library


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Wind Turbine Projects

A Great Source of Copper Wire for Homemade Wind Generator

9 Oct , 2013  

DSC02246 DSC02247 A short video showing where you can find a good source of copper wire to make coils for a homemade wind powered generator.
The copper wire is found in regular household appliances like blenders, microwave ovens and old power tools. Try to find motors that use lots of power. For example, the blender I found used over 600 watts! It had really nice chunky copper wire.
Don’t be discouraged with get the layers of metal plates, it takes time. One method is to heat up the motor super hot and then drop it in a bucket of cold water. I tried doing that on my BBQ and didn’t really work. I was concerned that the enamel on the copper wire might melt off. I used a hack saw, drill, axe and attacked it in my vice. The whole process is like preparing a fish-eating, strip away the guts and bones to get at the meat inside.
Feel free to comment on what works
Music credit; Strange Days by YouTube music Library


Music credit; Strange Days by YouTube music Library

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Generate Power from a Hockey Puck!

12 Apr , 2013  

hockey-puck-stator-title-sm1 This video was part of the Garage Door Motor Conversion for Wind Turbine series. Decided to make a stator out of a hockey puck. The stator (in this case, a hockey puck) was drilled with eight, half inch holes. Then 3 sets or rare earth magnets would be inserted into the holes. The modified stator would be insert onto a shaft and slid into the copper wire/housing.

When the shaft turns, like on a wind turbine, electricity will be generated.

This video will show you how to construct a stator from a hockey puck, but, other readily available materials can be used (wood, aluminium, etc).

Note: This was not a fail video. It was an inspiration to go back and fix some mistakes. Part 2 will be coming out soon with positive results.

Aces High Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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