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Wind power

I am wondering if you could hook up a 12v wind turbine to the 60v battery setup in the zapino to help charge it when you are riding/idle. I found the following on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290306555190&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Would this work or would you need one for each battery?

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Re: Wind power

I am wondering if you could hook up a 12v wind turbine to the 60v battery setup in the zapino to help charge it when you are riding/idle. I found the following on ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290306555190&ssPageName=ADME:X:RTQ:US:1123

Would this work or would you need one for each battery?

Are you thinking to mount this on the bike while riding?

Not a good idea. Such things produce more wind drag than they would produce in electricity. There's a principle in physics behind that which is what prevents us from having perpetual motion machines.

You could mount one standalone on or near your house. Building integrated wind systems are known but not recommended because of the vibration they induce in the building. And there may be zoning ordinances that prevent installing wind power inside a city.

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Re: Wind power

If you were thinking to set it up while parked, it would only be able to charge one battery at a time. If it's output was very high, it might power an inverter to 110 ac, then to the bike charger. It would have to be a large windmill though, too big to carry around.

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Re: Wind power

For charging from wind, the output should be about 10% more than system voltage, from the "average" wind.

If you wanted to make a green statement, you might set the wind-gen up at work to charge while you were inside for 8-9 hours. Measure the average wind you expect, and re-wind the gen coils for that voltage. It will take more wraps of thinner wire to get a higher voltage, you may have to do it a couple times to get it to the "best possible" configuration.

Getting 70 volts from 200-250 RPM's is a good test-bench target.

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