FIXED: WS-1000 Wind Turbine!

Wind turbine collar

Wind turbine collar

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After almost a year of inactivity, our wind turbine is now ready to turn again! In March last year we noticed that the bottom bolt (directly under the turbine shaft) had sheared off, and the turbine was on a bit of a tilt.

A kind ex-installer donated the requisite replacement part - a foam insert instead of using a bolt. All we had to do was lift the turbine shaft up, slot the foam insert in place and drop the shaft back down.

We had an impossible job getting hold of scaffolders at a price which justified the work, and eventually decided to build our own scaffolding using 4.8m lengths of timber and lots of cross-members.

The scaffolding was quite a simple affair, with a plywood platform at the top on which to stand a small ladder for the final climb to the turbine's wall brackets.

The wind turbine shaft was very tightly secured - that's a good thing! - so was hard to manoeuvre the shaft around and get the foam collar into place. After a long while of unbolting, crowbarring and heaving (all at a height of 6m) we finally got the shaft straight and the collar in place.

We wouldn't recommend doing this job yourself if you have the faintest fear of heights or if you value your life.

The screws pictured are all that we used in the scaffolding; probably not enough, by the looks of it!

Fixing the wind turbine

Fixing the wind turbine

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Fixing the wind turbine

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Fixing the wind turbine: up a ladder

Fixing the wind turbine: up a ladder

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All the screws used for the scaffolding

All the screws used for the scaffolding

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Comments

by Alec Rice on 04 May 2011 Reply
Have you any findings on the energy generated as ages ago I remember something about Cornwall School of mines doing some research in to this turbine and it cost more money to run (inverter) than it generated. Generally we wouldn't recommend a turbine under 3kW unless for a spicific activity i.e. running a pump at extreme rural location.

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