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Portable Wind Turbine

02/29/2016 11:59 AM

All,

I am currently a final year Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Bath and I am in the process of developing a DIY portable wind turbine made from your old washing machine (as their lifecycles are now shorter than 7 years on average).

The Phoenix project came about as a result of the circular economy drive and focuses on reuse rather than recycle. I am trying to collect data from potential users in order to help formulate the final specifications for the product, the link to the 2 minute survey I have prepared in order to help me collate this information can be found below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FTx...hAYMo/viewform

I will be extremely grateful for any responses as the more people respond, the better I can understand the potential users of the product and therefore the better I can develop the product to meet these user's needs.

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PhoenixBath

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Re: Portable Wind Turbine

02/29/2016 1:09 PM

Reported as duplicate post. Please only post once.

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02/29/2016 1:14 PM

I reported the second post as duplicate.

The survey is aimed at an very limited market, and cumbersome to manipulate.

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02/29/2016 1:37 PM

That's ok, it's a school project and one of the most important lessons the student learns in these is how to follow the research, design and development process all the way through from conception to completion.

In the end very few of these school projects result in any useful or marketable products, but that's not the point. The skills that are learnt in the process are, and are invaluable.

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02/29/2016 1:52 PM

10:1 says he gets issues with bearings and or their supports/housings

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Re: Portable Wind Turbine

02/29/2016 2:11 PM

Why not repurpose non-functioning turbines into clothes washing machines?

Google search "expected lifetime washing machine" tells me that a front loader clothes wash machine can be expected to last about 11 years, and a top loader lasts an average of 14 years.

Absent in your plea is similar misinformation regarding the anticipated lifetime of a purpose designed and built wind turbine. How long might this repurposed machinery be expected to produce electricity, and at what output?

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02/29/2016 3:51 PM

Economies that can afford to replace their washers every 7 years won't be interested in re-purposing an old washer into a wind turbine.

Economies that might have a use for such a machine re-purposed from a washer to a wind turbine wouldn't have used washers lying about in the first place.

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