By: Jim Barr (Author)
108 pages, b/w illustrations
Good for developed or developing countries, the wind pump described in How to Build a Wind Pump can pump rainwater, greywater, river, pond or well water for irrigation, aerate a fish pond, run a water feature or even be a bird scarer. This system does not generate electricity. The turbine is 700 mm diameter and the turbine head plus rotor weighs less than 4 kg. In a light-to-moderate wind it should pump about 1000 litres a day with a head of 4-5 metres. If you have good engineering skills and equipment you can fabricate nearly all of the system yourself; if you get all the parts manufactured, it's not much more complicated than DIY flatpack furniture.
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Jim Barr was born in 1944, and now lives in Bedfordshire, England with his wife and two sons. He started his career in research at Imperial College London as a technician in physics, and has since worked as a jackaroo on an Australian cattle station, a deck hand on a French fishing boat, a developer and lecturer in computer software. He has designed microwave detection equipment for the nuclear industry, and written on adventure and renewable energy.
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