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I spent today making this prototype, part of what my friend Trevor hopes is going to be a revolutionary low speed wind generator, to go with his already patented two blade vertical axis foil, which is self starting in wind velocities as low as 10 knots. It was a most enjoyable day.
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Harry,

Its great to see that you are back out in the shed.

But, there appears to be more metal than wood

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That's true James, but being the friendly, helpful, versatile, and of course modest guy that I am, I just can't say no to a friend, in any case, I am equipped for metalwork and enjoy working with metal, possibly more than wood.

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Harry, we already have high speed wind generators in this country and they look to be far more comfortable.
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Only good for short and sometime unpredictable bursts though.
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Harry, we already have high speed wind generators in this country and they look to be far more comfortable.
Hmm, mine looks more like this.
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These guys Harry are watching to much Blazing Saddles. Great work you and Trevor are doing. I hope you talked a percentage. Hehehe

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Boy am I glad some one is trying to come up with a generator for the home owner. I posted a request on another board about ideas for a small generator that could power an air conditioner. None of the very smart inividuals had an ideas.
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Here in Western Australia 10 knot winds and above are the norm. There does not appear to be any LOW speed generators (100 to 400 rpm) on the market, also no two blade self starting foils with lots of torque. The design of the foils is also intended for aircraft wings, having much greater lift and lower drag than conventional wings.
The intended market for these inventions are domestic and for caravans which often are parked under trees for shade from our searing summer sun.

Another market for the foils is pumping water on farms, a big departure from the conventional fan type.

I have no intention of seeking any financial benefit from these projects, I simply appreciate the opportunity to keep my hands busy with interesting and widely varying projects, from electronic to mechanical to electro/mechanical, to wood and metal. Trevor's mind never relaxes, I met him and his family the day after arriving in Australia in October 1964, he was then a thirteen year old with a passion for things technical. I taught him the resistor colour code and Ohms law and have followed his progress over all these years and witnessed his knowledge overtake mine many years ago. He is currently an electronics technician at our leading university, he is responsible for repairing equipment that he can't even pronounce the name of, has no circuit information for, but once he has a professor explain what it's supposed to do, he has the natural ability to sort out the problem. He also designs some specialised equipment from basic details given to him from the teaching staff. In summary, my friend Trevor is one very clever cookie and together we have a great time.

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