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Review:Homebrew Wind Power

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: Note: We've been told that the generators on these designs get so hot during high winds that they will combust anything flamible that touches them, possibly sparking a fire -- not good in high winds. July 20, 2009.

Reviewed by Congress:Member:Michael Riversong

Wind power is hot these days. Everyone knows that, but few have any idea how to make it work. As it turns out, wind power is a highly technical field. Large power companies can afford to hire good, well trained help. Homeowners often find themselves at a loss when trying to comprehend the intricacies of wind energy generation. Mistakes can be dangerous, so learning the fundamentals is essential. Generators can burn out or disintegrate, towers fall, blades break, and of course there are all the normal dangers present whenever electricity flows.

Fortunately, anyone with halfway decent mechanical ability can learn it, but there's a lot to learn. Up to now there have been few resources that cover all the basics in a coherent manner. There are some good books out, but most of them either display mostly giant corporate machines or leave out vital information. As with any technology there are always a few people who want to do it themselves from start to finish, if they can. Those people have largely been left out of new developments since the excellent Hackleman books of the late 70s and early 80s.

Now with this new book, the situation has improved considerably. Homebrew Wind Power shows, in a step-by-step manner, exactly how homeowners can build workable wind generators from scratch.

The only material left out of this book is a thorough explanation of all electricity basics. That's reasonable because such information is widely available from many sources, and would increase the mass of this volume unnecessarily. Good references are always given when appropriate.

Steps to making home wind generators are given in a practical order. Blades, metal structures, electrical assemblies, and final assembly are all thoroughly covered. Numerous photos and diagrams add a great deal to what might otherwise seem to be dry material. These are placed very well in ways that instantly provide good definitions of procedures and terms. The photos are also proof that the authors have spent a lot of time building systems, maintaining them, and teaching many others how to do this. Best of all, this book is readable with a good balance of technical information and relevant stories.

Hopefully, many people will obtain this book and benefit from it. In some cases, it is certain that readers will find some tasks beyond their ability. Thanks to the information in this book, that is easy to determine, and the appropriate help can be found before costly dead-ends are pursued. Yet surely some will go all the way, and have the satisfaction of finding themselves much closer to self-reliance.

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Book Info

Authors: Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink

Publisher: Buckville Publications LLC

PO Box 292

Masonville CO 80541Z

Released: January 1, 2009

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-0981920108

Other Reviews

"A well-crafted blend of theory and practical information for all who want to build a quiet, efficient, and economical wind turbine to achieve greater energy independence and reduce their carbon footprint. These guys know their stuff and know how to convey it in a clear, concise, understandable, and humorous fashion." --Dan Chiras, PhD, author of Power from the Wind, The Homeowner's Guide to Renewable Energy, The Solar House, Green Home Improvement, and more.

"If you've ever thought the wind could be as productive as it is annoying, get this remarkable book, apply its clear-cut principles and procedures, and brew up a wind turbine. In their clever and amusing way, Dan and Dan show you how to power your house with the same forces that rattle the windowpanes. Buy it--it's the only book of its kind on planet Earth!" --Rex Ewing, author of Power with Nature, Got Sun? Go Solar, Hydrogen-Hot Stuff, Cool Science, and more.

"The Otherpower Dans and their crew learn more in their sleep about building good wind generators than the rest of us learn in the daylight. If you want to be able to build simple, robust, and productive wind turbines awake or asleep, buy this book!" --Ian Woofenden, Senior Editor, Home Power Magazine NW and Costa Rica coordinator, Solar Energy International, wind energy abuser.


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