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How does the FloppyMill Work &
Why is it less expensive &
More Efficient

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As can be seen in the illustrations, Figure 1 shows a Sky View with no wind, the paddles hang down at 45 because of gravity. Its only 45 because the wind Paddles are bolted onto a square horizontal shaft, 90 apart, so that when one is blown down, the other is blown up. The heavier they are, the stronger wind it takes to turn the FloppyMill. Thus their position on the square horizontal shaft can adjust this. However, There must be at least some weight below the horizontal shaft for it to operate right.

This also effects its speed in high winds, so you may have to adjust its level to find a compromise.

As can be seen in Figure 2, the wind blows the top side down, catching more wind, and turning the Vertical Shaft. Which also increases its efficiency as it captures more of its swept area, automatically. Because the Wind Paddles are mounted at 90 from each other, the bottom Paddle is also blown up out of the wind. There is some torsion on the horizontal shaft too, to help it up out of the wind. Thus, the force against the FloppyMill is much stronger on the one side of the vertical shaft, causing it to turn.

However, as the FloppyMill turns, it gets to the point where the wind exerts no force on the Paddles, because they are aligned with the wind, and gravity restores them to the 45 positions. It "flopps" back. (See also Figure 1)

As it continues to rotate, the Paddle that was on the bottom, is now on the top (as illustrated,) and is blown down, while the one that was on the top, is now on the bottom (view,) and is blown up out of the wind. However, the Vertical Shaft continues to turn in the same direction. Thus you only need a regular pulley to take off the power, but you do have to convert the vertical shaft to a horizontal one the Motor/Generator needs with a long V-belt and idle pullies set at the proper angles. This is because most Motors are not made with "throwout bearings" required for vertical opperation. And the pulley on the Vertical shaft needs to be larger, so the Motor/Generator will turn at a higher speed.

Pay attention to which is "Right" and which is "Left" so it will turn clockwise in case you have a threaded vertical shaft pipe.

Why is it better:

    1. Conventional windmills often have trouble in high speed winds, like in a hurricane or typhoon. They require special machinery to control their speed, otherwise, they may disintegrate blowing pieces into the next county. The FloppyMill is self-regulating. When in high speed winds, the top view Paddle blows past center, twisting the bottom view Paddle up into the oncoming wind, governing rotation. See Figure 3. (Your guy wires do have to be strong enough to take it.)
    2. Also the FloppyMill has a vertical axis, which means it automatically operates using wind from any direction,
    3. without special machinery to make it turn into the wind
    4. or protected brushes and slip-rings to prevent the electric cord from tangling.
    5. It starts in light winds,
    6. so it does not require a starting mechanism as some do.
    7. Most of the wind doesn't just blow between the blades.
    8. It captures more of its swept area as the wind blows faster, making it even more efficient.
    9. The heavy machinery is at ground level, where it's easier to work on,
    10. and does not require a big expensive tower to fly the machinery up in the air.
    11. As the FloppyMill turns, it captures energy from the wind. The Vertical Shaft extends down to the earth. The Motor/Generator at ground level generates electricity,
    12. to wipe out your electric bill
    13. with left over power you can sell to the local Power Company.
    14. What's-more it all takes only a short amount of time to build,
    15. and average construction skills
    16. You can get friends to help you.
    17. While your electrician's work is minimal.
    18. In fact, if you know electronics, he can put in a plug, so legally you can work on the motor by unpluging it.
    19. It should have a circuit breaker switch to turn it off and on and in case something goes wrong,
    20. and a centrifugal switch to turn it off when the wind dies.
    21. As an ordinary AC motor, it's Generating Capacity is automatically in sync with the 60 cycle AC,
    22. or 50 if you live in Europe,
    23. so you don't have to do anything but hook it up
    24. and have a beer.
    25. Its easy to build, and easy to hook up. Because its the same as an AC motor
    26. (preferably 3-phase, if thats available,
    27. single phase if it is not,)
    28. its easy for your electrician
    29. and the Power Company folks too.
    30. If you live outside the U.S. generally the local Power Company will cooperate, because they would rather buy the electriciy at wholesale rates than have you become their competitor at a little less than their retail. They're smart that way. It works the same with 50 cycle service too.
    31. For the Power Company, it's easy. When the wind dies out, the centrifugal switch shuts the whole thing off.
    32. When the wind blows, it generates phase matched AC automatically,
    33. and feeds energy into their lines properly
    34. without monitoring.
    35. If it should happen that it's turned on when the wind is too low, it simply acts as a motor, and you get an ordinary bill for it.
    36. If it goes too fast, the circuit breakers blow, and it shuts off.
    37. So they have no worries.
    38. If you have "Net billing," you don't even have to pay attention to where the meter is. It's all automatic.
    39. With all these advantages it's less expensive,
    40. generates more money,
    41. takes care of itself,
    42. and works while you have a beer.
Its about the best mechanical device to capture the energy of the wind, and generate money for you.

Be a Pioneer, it's easy, and physics and the law make it that way.

Please read everything I've written for you. Build a model to help you learn how it works.

 


How the Four Wind-Paddle FloppyMill works:

Notice, that all floppy operations are wind-powered, so no matter which direction the wind comes from, it works the same way, turning the vertical shaft in the same direction. Its more efficient because, at full speed, it captures over 90% of its swept area. That means that it can be smaller, and still generate significant electricity.

The wind-paddles can be standard 4x8 sheets of plywood, as it uses standard components, most of which you can obtain at almost any hardware store inexpensively.

The faster the wind blows, the more of its swept area is intercepted, making it more efficient. This can be adjusted by bolting the paddle up and down on the horizontal shaft.

Wind paddles are at different levels, yet twist independently, to accommodate wind blowing at different speeds at different heights. One pair can be adjusted for light winds, by bolting them up a foot or so on the horizontal shaft, while the other pair for heavier winds, bolted low on the horizontal shaft. You may have to test various positions to get he best one.


The goal with all these things is to make Wind Power more efficient and practical, to provide sufficient incentives for many energetic new investors, in the wide range of a Power Companys territory to provide practical backup power for eachother, with little or no monitoring, to allow folks to invest in their own retirements, with an easily-reachable investment and labor only for a short period of time, to relax, help the planet, and have a beer!

For the Power Company, it means reaching their Alternative Energy goals more rapidly, retiring their greenhouse-gas belching monsters, and maybe even converting them to Solar-Powered-Artificial-Geothermal-Generators that dont rundown at sundown. (I can help there.)

It would allow them to focus on their solar-powered projects, while meeting their goals early, making them an example to be proud of nationwide and even worldwide. While the FloppyMill wind systems only require one inspection and monthly payments to shoot up their profits.

The example would also be to the oil companies, to show them how to make a profit from really clean, Earth-compatible energy, less expensively, to refocus their investments onto Alternative Energy, and use their oil, gas, and coal for better Earth-compatible uses.

Its worth it for the energetic pioneers, the Power Companies, the oil companies, even the beer companies, along with the Planet too.

Lets all get together and make it work!    Get in on the program early!



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