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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.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Mangetic Levition VAWT

Check out my Magnetic Levitation Bearing equipped VAWT

This uses permanent magnets to lift the VAWT, reducing friction and required maintenance.


Blogger sam said...

Jeff, i hope you remember me - I posted you my link to BucketVAWT on instructables awhile back that was inspired by your drum design.

I have to say this is amazing. I'd love to know more about how you got the maglev to work. It seems to spin so freely. This would make a great commercial unit for domestic use. Let me know if you ever want to sell them in Australia!

If you want the best open platform 3D software around I can;t recommend Blender enough.
It's like the Linux of 3D. And I used to use Caligari (ahem) on my Commodore Amiga so I know how you feel.

Anyway - well done and for heck's sake keep going!

Sam Dekok.

July 20, 2009 6:55 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

I have been trying to figure out how you did that magnetic levitation. Maybe I'm thinking way to complicated, could you make a quick sketch of how that works? I'm in the process of building my VAWT, sort of like your VAWT.

I love reading your blog (which I found from your youtube wind turbine videos) and the videos and pictures of all of your projects. You seem like a very interesting guy. Keep the updates coming.


July 25, 2009 1:36 PM  
Blogger embeddedprogrammer said...

Its just 2 magnets, 2" diameter, one glued to the inside of the cap, and one on the top of the mast attached with a plastic disk which goes inside the inner diameter of the mast.

July 25, 2009 4:15 PM  
Blogger Herb said...

Thanks for the great Savonius Links!!!
I've been tinkering with a Savonius design and find the links wonderful. Keep up the good work.

August 23, 2009 2:06 PM  
Blogger Robert & Connie Losee said...

hi jeff,you have a good idea there,i have been working with windmills for about 5 years and i like your idea.i dont have a cnc mechine to make the there any way you can make the gears for me and give me a price for the gear set.can you send it to my wife's email at

Thank you.

Robert L.

August 24, 2009 4:20 PM  

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