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06-02-2009 12:15 PM  8 years agoPost 1
SkateFreak

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Hey there all,
I searched but did not find any info here supprisingly :|
When i was younger and a lot less intelligent i discovered (by holding my faithful R50 up to the wind) that these helis can capture a fair amount of energy from the wind! (infact, manipulating the pitch the headspeed very very quickly got up to "spool up", then just imagin the look on my face as i'm holding this thing by the frame so i gentily drop the pitch and slow them down heh).
But yeah, so i know these things can catch some serious wind, so i was thinking of using an old R50 frame butchered, heli held up by the tail attached to the side of a shed and throwing a bearing in there for rotating with the wind. It would be perfect to keep the motor and gubbins in the frame as this would be nicely compact and could be ballenced out etc with just the wires going down the tail

So I was wondering if anyone out there could give me some tips or leads on motors and such? I am hoping to just be able to bolt a motor in there, weatherproof it and see how it goes
I'm guessing a regular heli motor probably wouldnt be suitable so any thoughts?
If its works out then start of a circuit for storing the power and could put a write up here for anything inspired by the concept

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-Jvr

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06-02-2009 02:32 PM  8 years agoPost 2
max232

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possible on a very small scale.depends on the angle and mount.windmills have a very efficient rotor design to catch the wind.

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06-02-2009 02:49 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Yug

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You'd need to scale it up for it to be sufficiently efficient and useful. Blade efficiency is a major issue as heli blades (even semi symmetricals) don't have the most appropriate profile. You might be able to find a small bike alternator to do the conversion.

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06-02-2009 02:54 PM  8 years agoPost 4
SSN Pru

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Let me Google that for you

In all seriousness, you'll get some energy out of the system it just won't be ideal for powering your whole house or selling anything back to the grid. You may get enough juice out of it to keep your batteries topped off sort of like those solar powered battery juicers that keep em topped off.

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06-02-2009 06:24 PM  8 years agoPost 5
helicrack

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You could try slope soaring with a stripped down heli for fun, but PRU is right.....not much energy gained for electro production.

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06-03-2009 12:00 AM  8 years agoPost 6
SkateFreak

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Hey,
Well to be honest I'm not looking for that much energy,
for now the most I would hope for is to try keep a small curing chamber for some tobacco warm and humid but thats not needed for a fair while so I'm thinking to just get this project on the go and try get some results
A well insulated chamber shouldnt need to much power to keep it heated, I'm more worried about humidity and electronics to automate it all.

Thanks for the input so far though guys

I dont suppose anyone out here's growing any backy this season?

Currently I'm way to involved with uni to even keep my blade in the air let alone the nitros back home but in the future it will no doubt serve as a decent subsidy to keep helicoptering money plentiful Healthier to, well as healthy as smoking goes, which i guess isnt very haha.

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-Jvr

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06-03-2009 12:10 AM  8 years agoPost 7
Seablade

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ahh...go check out a marina with sailboats...the long distance voyagers have been using wind generators for years to keep the batteries charged.

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06-03-2009 12:29 AM  8 years agoPost 8
Yug

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You'll need more power than that to grow good skunk, err I mean tobacco

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06-03-2009 12:38 PM  8 years agoPost 9
SSN Pru

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Hey skate,

take a look at the first link on that "Let Me Google That For You" link I posted. I did and it's pretty neat. It'll give you a good idea about how much power you can expect to generate from a heli rotor system.

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06-03-2009 12:55 PM  8 years agoPost 10
SkateFreak

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awsome,
I'll hit the old google,
yug, as tempting as it is, asside the legal ramifications of such an adventure, my other half would castrate me haha.

Cheers for the input though guys

Will let you all know how it gets along!

-Jvr

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