Monday, February 20, 2012

Renewable Energy Handbook

The Renewable Energy Handbook is a guide to help people live away from the energy grid and be able to survive on renewable energy. From wind power to solar power, this book offers more than one way to generate energy that is earth friendly and cost-effective. This book offers do-it-yourself instructions so that you can build your own energy source and conserve the environment at the same time. Although the instructions are a bit advanced, these projects will help save money off of your energy bill. And, you gain a sense of self-accomplishment after completing a project you built.

Happy conserving,

Adam Linscott, Sophomore

Covenant Christian High School

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wind Belts

Wind belts, still a new concept and technology, are basically elastic bands that vibrate when an air current passes over them. The reason wind belt technology is so great is that it is 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best micro turbines, small scale wind turbines.

Wind belt technology can completely revolutionize the energy crisis in developing countries as well as in America. It is so great because it can be so easily harnessed for home use.

In fac,t it is more effective small scale. (For more information, read about wind belts on Popular Mechanics website. The above is a summary of research done by Joe Igleski.)This is called the aero-elastic flutter effect. Have you tried to blow on a piece of grass while holding it in your hands in order to get it to buzz of whistle? The vibration of the strand of grass that causes the sound you hear is caused by the aero-elastic flutter effect. Shawn Frayne used this effect to successfully

generate electricity on scale never even imaginable with wind turbines. The reason wind turbines are not successful small scale are because of all of the friction the turbine experiences in the gear box and other components. A wind belt simply has two permanent magnets on either end of the oscillating elastic band so that the two magnets are passing by wire coils producing a current. The lack of rotary motion results in much smaller amounts friction.