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I have tinkered with building a horizontal wind turbine for providing a electrical charge to batteries I use to run the lights in my shed. The shed was too far from the house and I needed a source of light to help me work later. It started out when I helped my 13 year-old build a smaller version for a science fair at his high school. It was his idea to build the thing but then it got me to thinking. Just seeing the multi-meter jump and sustain a charge was a pleasant site, but now I have sufficient light for my shed, even if I stay the entire night. It's time to use our heads and not our wallets to solve our energy problems.
A horizontal wind turbine is built with a propeller-type rotor on a horizontal axis, rather than on a vertical axis. The rotor’s purpose is to convert the linear motion of wind into rotational energy that is then used to drive a generator. All grid-connected commercial wind turbines today are horizontal. A horizontal wind turbine is an excellent way to power your home or business. You can sleep soundly at night knowing that you are contributing 0% pollution to the environment and leaving the planet in a better condition for future generations.
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