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  • #16
    and take a look at some real, consumer wind: (not companies trying to sell junk)
    http://scoraigwind.co.uk/ & http://www.scoraigwind.com/ Hugh is the source for info for small wind. But the site has to be appropriate for wind first.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by mayhassen View Post

      This is link is a discussion of grid tied wind power, not on off-grid alternative, as the thread starter asked about.

      In Norway small wind turbines are used several places together with solar. Its not because wind is better/more economic than solar, its because there is not enough solar.
      Grid or off grid, seems like I've experienced or read about a lot of what WWW's reference is about. For example, vibration or icing problems can occur with grid or off grid systems.

      It seemed to me it started out to be more of a search by the OP for comments about the suitability of wind power as an adjunct to PV, which to me would seem to open up a discussion about wind power viability for small applications, but I guess opinions vary.

      FWIW, it looks to me like the OP was referring to an off grid application, but it seems to matter little for discussion purposes.

      A lot of the cautionary comment on this forum about most any subject that comes from experienced, knowledgeable posters about most any R.E. related subject - as opposed to comment from the rose colored glasses wearing, tree hugging, "idea" people - comes about because folks show up here and are obviously going down a well traveled path that is headed to a bad end. Most, or at least way too much of the time, those same folks have their mind made up, and in their ignorance don't want to be confused by the informed consensus realities that contradict their preconceived notions which were usually planted by con artists and nurtured by those who what to separate folks from their assets and use those same folks' ignorance and mental sloth to do it.

      Either way, on or off grid, the best way to meet electricity needs is still to use it only for tasks that cannot be done any other way and then minimize that usage.

      I'm reasonably sure that if you are in Norway, your electrical energy household use is much smaller than in the U.S. making for much smaller applications and thus perhaps making smaller devices more practical than in the U.S., and perhaps you also have not much idea of just how much electrical and other energy in the U.S. is simply and shamefully wasted, making for larger systems "necessary" and accompanied by more cost and maintenance to construct and maintain, and more hassle in general.

      Take what you want of the above. Scrap the rest.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mike90250 View Post
        and take a look at some real, consumer wind: (not companies trying to sell junk)
        http://scoraigwind.co.uk/ & http://www.scoraigwind.com/ Hugh is the source for info for small wind. But the site has to be appropriate for wind first.
        THANKS for the resources.

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        • #19
          Dont know about electrical usage in US, I would guess it would depend on a lot of things, as it is here. A house in Norway tyically uses 20.000kWh/year, which 16k is electrical.

          Location does matter, and yes icing and such can happen. In my case, not very often as its close to the sea. Vibration is a concern, and you dont have it on top of your roof.
          I have about 100km of nothingness in front of my location.
          As I said earlier, I would not rely on it, only more have it as a possible backup e.g. for keeping water above freezing.

          I still think its an interesting thing to discuss, altough Hugh says it quite clear:
          "It

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          • #20
            Originally posted by mayhassen View Post
            Dont know about electrical usage in US, I would guess it would depend on a lot of things, as it is here. A house in Norway tyically uses 20.000kWh/year, which 16k is electrical.

            Location does matter, and yes icing and such can happen. In my case, not very often as its close to the sea. Vibration is a concern, and you dont have it on top of your roof.
            I have about 100km of nothingness in front of my location.
            As I said earlier, I would not rely on it, only more have it as a possible backup e.g. for keeping water above freezing.

            I still think its an interesting thing to discuss, altough Hugh says it quite clear:"It
            Looks like some of your post got clipped, but I'd suggest that if the typical residence in Norway uses 20 thousand kWh/yr., and 16 thousand of those kWh are electrical (with the remaining 4 thousand kWh/yr. in thermal equivalent or fossil fuel burning equivalent. Given that the annual U.S. electrical usage is approx. 12 thousand kWh per residential unit, if annual electrical usage in Norway is 16 thousand kWh/yr for a typical residence, that would indicate to me that that Norway may supply a lot of residential space heating via electricity.

            What does a kWh of electricity go for in Norway ?

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            • #21
              "Norway remains one of the few countries where electricity is the main heating source. The main heating source for about 73 per cent of the households is based on electricity, either by electric space heaters (48 per cent), electric floor heating (7 per cent), air-air heat pumps (21 per cent) or central heating with electricity."
              If you are interested, I found these stats: https://www.ssb.no/en/energi-og-indu...aar/2014-07-14

              All of our self produced elec is from water, so its quite green and cheap. It would make no sence to go solar, or wind

              Last three months the average price is 12 cents, its cheaper in summer time.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by mayhassen View Post
                "Norway remains one of the few countries where electricity is the main heating source. The main heating source for about 73 per cent of the households is based on electricity, either by electric space heaters (48 per cent), electric floor heating (7 per cent), air-air heat pumps (21 per cent) or central heating with electricity."
                If you are interested, I found these stats: https://www.ssb.no/en/energi-og-indu...aar/2014-07-14

                All of our self produced elec is from water, so its quite green and cheap. It would make no sence to go solar, or wind

                Last three months the average price is 12 cents, its cheaper in summer time.
                Interesting information. I learn something every day.Thank you.

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                • #23
                  I have a 500 watt Air-X turbine as well as 2kw of panels. When the turbine is producing on a sunny day the solar controller cuts back it's charging as it senses the higher voltage so not much use. Although with a few days of stormy dull weather it does help a bit to keep the batteries up. Overall not really worth it though. It looks good and makes you feel good looking at to spinning. Also good as a windvane to see which way the wind is blowing.

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                  • #24
                    I think that for some, WECS is just interesting. Which makes it harder to let go when you start reading arguments against it. Some of us just inherently want to believe it's a good idea. I suppose it's not the first time people have believed an irrational thing because it made them feel good... I wasted much more time thinking about wind power than I should have.

                    The cubic relationship between windspeed and energy extraction (mentioned in the above-linked solacity page) is what finally drove home Truth for me. Most of us here are familiar with RE equipment ratings and how they never represent real-world conditions. That's not so bad when the relationship is linear; solar panels never make rated wattage but they can get kinda close if you do things right. But with a cubic relationship...that's just...hopeless.

                    "Hello, my name is Jerud and i used to be addicted to wind turbines."

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                    • #25
                      Wow... everyone is coming down on the addition of wind... so I HAVE to give my.02 worth...
                      OFF GRID cabin in the Maine woods, living there full time with my wife. We had 8 300 watt panels and six big lead acid batterries. The system worked like a dream. I was VERY skeptical when she bought the place, but very quickly came to love it...
                      However...
                      Maine winters, with a week or more of cloudy snowy weather. It happened to us several times, and we ended up running the generator about every two to three days to keep the batteries charged... That was okay, except that it was a mile and a quarter to the main road, and during nasty storms it was often several days, and once two weeks before we could get plowed out. I was okay with being snowed in a month at a time, but getting gas for the generator was important.
                      I had a 2000watt wind turbine added to the system... It ENDED our struggle completely. Waking up in the morning on a windy snowy day, dreading trudging through 43 inches of new snow to get to the panels and clean them off... and looking at the controller on the wall as it said FLOAT CHARGING gave me a VERY warm cozy feeling. I no longer had to go out every two or three hours to brush off the solar panels trying to get JUST as much light to them as possible. We no longer had to run the generator.. EVER! Once the wind turbine was online, we didn't start the generator for over a year. We even installed a clothes dryer so we didn;t have to hang our clothes out in the winter. Running the microwave or the deep well pump no longer made me cringe, and my wife bought a small AC unit for the bedroom window. We didn;t have to use it much, but on those 100 degree days it was NICE to have.
                      I am not saying we no longer had to concerve power. We did, always. We didn't use what we didn't NEED to use. the wood stove was usually enough to dry our clothes hanging over the rail in the loft, and the breeze off the river usually kept us cool ebnough to sleep. But on those LONG winter weeks when we were snowed in, we could sit and play Xbox on our big screen ALL DAY and never once worry about power.

                      I was so impressed and happy with that system, that I am currently working up the necessities to run our farm/house here in Iowa. I WILL be adding wind to the system. In fact, we have so much wind that I could probably go without solar completely. However, I do like the lack of maintenance solar offers, so we will have both, and once set up, I am taking the shotgun out and MURDERING the meter on the power pole...
                      SO.... I am unsure why everyone comes down on wind, speaking with distaste and even disgust about it???
                      I LOVED IT! It made our lives a lot easier.

                      Perhaps, it was more cost effectiveto run the generator? Perhaps, it would have been more cost effective to install more panels, and or batteries? Dunno, I didn;t do those things, I added wind, and it worked like a DREAM!

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