I posted just over a year ago after noticing B&Q selling wind
turbines, and a large thread developed on all thing windturbiney.
These B&Q turbines seemed to be a really high price, and I recall them
being by the main entrance, with dedicated sales people, and the
'benefits' getting a bit of a hard sell. Later solar cells joined the
Anyway, I was mooching around B&Q yesterday and noticed the turbine
and the solar cell, not at the main entrance, but tucked away in the
far corner of the store, covered in dust and surrounded by other
It was like the the wallflower, out of place at a party, or that mad
deformed relative, locked away in the attic for fear of embarrassment
Oh well, I wonder what next years must have will be? Air conditioning
units by the looks of things.
I lived in my bus with a rutland windmill bolted on to it
for a decade,
only moving the bus every few months.
I got 20 or so watts on average,
more in wind,
none in no wind,
and ran my car radio off it,
and phone charger
and some laptop time as well,
but it wasnt enough to run the laptop all the time.
later i got a solar panel to supplement it.
However if you have access to mains electricity
i dont think a windmill is economic.
nowhere enough electricity for a fridge or cooker or heater.
once in a storm the whole bus shook,
and several of the blades flew out of the windmill
(ok wind generater, but every child knows its called a windmill)
think if you put one on your house
and the force of a gale broke it
of the damage it could do to your roof slates,
and the subsequent rain damage!
ok for a shed with no mains,
if you're out of range of thieves!
That was last year's
By Christmas, these toy windmills will be on trestle tables by the door
along with bilious bulbs.
On January 27th when it is learned that all of these things are
unsaleable, an extra skip will be ordered to remove the debris
On Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:17:26 -0800 someone who may be dg
I was in a big orange shed recently. The wind turbine and solar
panels were in the middle of the store fairly close to the entrance.
No idea if there was more dust there than elsewhere.
At Oldham (Or is it Ashton store, they all look the same but have some
minor differences) they've got them in the exit door, past the tills
along with a hugely expensive massive water tank which costs more than
several thousand litres of evian.
Not wishing to defend the B&Q thing it is a larger device than a Rutland
jobbie. *Peak* output is 1kW IIRC so I'd expect a couple of hundred watts
some of the time.
Universal rule: If you can get there to install it thieves can get there
to take it away.
House at the end of my road had one fitted about 4 months ago. The guys
installing it had a brand new van, brand new bight shiny hi vis jackets, new
hard hats, brand new ladders etc.
The house in question also has solar panels in the roof. Don' know the
ocupants but i guess they are rampant tree huggers.
It was removed 2 months ago. Don't know why, but I suspect it just didn't
On Nov 14, 9:27 pm, " email@example.com"
I lived on a narrowboat for 10 years with no mains electricity. My
experience was that wind turbines made very little electricity, even
though they spun round and round playfully in the breeze. I lived in
Cambridge and the wind was not often fast enough to make any charge at
all. Solar panels were definitely the thing that did best.
Why don't you go and ask? In the interests of research for the group. The
one near here is still there but then it is in a fairly exposed position
and will get decent wind on occasion. Rather than being in your average
urban enviroment that would suffer severe damage if it ever had the winds
that site and we do on a regular basis. Our 6'x8' shed isn't staked to the
ground for fun, it's to stop it being blown away...
after the storm
i had my rutland with only 2 blades
instead of 6,
i believe that in low winds
this gave more electricity than if it had 6
because there was less wind resistance so it turned faster...
a regulator is essential between the battery...
i often see windmills up making a swishing noise,
this means they are not connected to a battery
and are not charging anything up,
(in fact they are burning out)
when the windmill was charging my batteries
it made a motorbike noise
which i liked cos it meant i had free power
but my neighbours in the caravan next door werent so keen on it!
Christmas Eve 1999 the roof was blown off as whole lump. The two 3/4" OSB
slightly larger than 8'x4' panels and gable bits. Almost cleared the
drystone wall the other side of the road behind the wall that the "Wind
Blown Shed" is leaning against.
'was "interesting" hoiking the remains of the roof over the wall and
picking the debris off the road with the wind gusting to >60mph and
running at the best part of 50mph.
No problem that is one of my blind spots. Should be correct after the next