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My daily (well I am trying to update daily now) weblog covering topics such as wind power, embedded electronics, software development, CNC Machines and some fun stuff like travel and sailing.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Wind Power, CNC, and More

Welcome to my blog. Here I will keep you abreast of new developments at the Berezin house. Currently, we are developing an inexpensive "build it yourself" VAWT (vertical axis wind turbine). After checking locally for a wind turbine and finding entry level prices in the $3,000 to $5,000 range, I decided to build a plastic barrel VAWT. Last week we bought a CNC machine to fabricate parts for our VAWT. I will be publishing videos of our progress on these projects.


Blogger RD said...

Jeff -

Did I tell you I actually got on the bridge and steered the SS France for acouple of minutes. The wheel was 6 ft. in diameter.

It's now The Norway. We knew they were going OOB so we took it.

March 30, 2008 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jeff,

seeing your water barrel wind turbine has inspired me to build my own. I don't expect great results as I live in a built up area. Also waiting to hear from local authority for permission to build it on my flat roof garage. I've just bought 2 barrels and I already have a 2.2kW 3-phase AC motor which I intend to turn via bicycle gearing. Just need to start putting it all together.

April 12, 2008 7:05 PM  
Blogger cynthiak said...

Hello Jeff,
My name is Cynthia, I live in Canada on a farm and I am excited to build several of your barel turbines to provide enough energy for my home.
I was wondering if you would e-mail me at so i could get more information from you.
would you cut the gears for me?
how much noise does it make with the lazy susan bearings? do the bearings need grease?
I will need about 5kw of power for my home. how many will i need to build to get this much power generation?

I need to feed the local grid. is it possible with this unit?

s many questions for you.

I am excited that you built this model. now I can build one too. Thank you

October 10, 2008 8:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your idea and have a suggestion for you. How about putting another geared alternator on the top (joist). that end will produce electricity too.

December 6, 2008 11:52 AM  
Blogger embeddedprogrammer said...

Thanks for your feed back everyone. We will soon be posting videos of others who have built my turbine design. Also, we are now selling kits if you want to use my gear method of alternator interconnection.

September 19, 2009 12:00 AM  

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