This is the last post, I talked in previous posts about home wind turbines, what are their components, how to install one, their costs and types as well, and in this post, I will talk briefly about maintaining a home wind turbine and its permanent monitoring and what are the times when all these repairs must be done to avoid its breakdown.
Home wind turbines aren’t something you’ll install and forget about! We recommend that you simply follow an upkeep schedule, or some reasonable facsimile thereof.
Installing a wind turbine in your garden involves a few basic rules of safety, the main risk coming from strong winds that could drop or overheat the various elements.
Here is what we’ll cover in this article :
Security and maintaining
The location must first be cleared, in order to avoid in case of a fall on construction. A perimeter of safety equal to the minimum height of the mast is therefore compulsory. Then, to avoid overheating due to too strong winds which would cause the wind turbine at too much speed high, it is necessary to install mechanical brakes.
Regarding horizontal models, the technique more widespread is to provide a system preventing the wind turbine from turning put in its optimal position by relation to the wind; security systems vertical wind turbines play, as for them, on the inclination of the blades, so that it is not optimal. Some other machines also have an emergency stop system that blocks the rotation of the rotor The most advanced models even benefit from remote locking.
Wind strength is classified according to the scale de Beaufort, which has thirteen levels defining the average wind speed. This allows you to assess the risks associated with the implantation of a domestic wind turbine according to the force of the prevailing winds. So :
- between 0 and 61 km / h, there is no danger concerning the installation of a domestic wind turbine;
- from 62 and up to 74 km / h, it is a “gust of wind”; systems brakes come into action;
- beyond that, it must be stopped or even sheltered (from 103 km / h: violent storm, then hurricane).
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Maintenance of a home wind turbine
The average lifespan of a domestic wind turbine is between 10 and 20 years old. Of course, this can be considerably reduced or increased according to the maintenance, even if it remains undemanding in the matter. The elements that compose it being constructed in such a way as to resist to the vagaries of the weather, and safety devices being implemented to protect them in strong winds, thorough checking and cleaning annuals are usually sufficient.
On the other hand, the slightest sign of weakness, such as a suspicious noise, forces you to careful checking. Indeed, a faulty element could cause problems cascading to other parts of the home wind turbine. Finally, after very strong winds, or even a storm, a check-up is essential to ensure that the wind turbine has not been damaged.
What kind of maintenance does a home wind turbine require?
A wind turbine requires little maintenance and has a lifespan of 10 at 20 years old, or even older if you take care of it. Generally, keep clean the various components and check their condition once.
2.First Month of installation
- Do not use the turbine if you are not at home in order to avoid damage to the turbine when a hurricane blows or when the wind is blowing at high speed, and you can install a tracker on it so that it stops automatically when the wind speed exceeds a certain limit.
- Control your machine regularly, including monitoring power output, etc.
- Listen to the strange sounds that the turbine makes to know the mechanical condition and inhale the strange smells to know if there are burns in the cables or a lack of lubrication that leads to an increase in the temperature of the rotating elements, and observe the strange behavior in general.
- Check the cable pulling the turbine to the ground weekly for how many kinks in the event you have a vertical turbine attached to the ground, disconnect it from the base of the tower, loosen the wires, and reconnect it. This will give you some indication of how often you will need to check this in the future because if you find it has expanded or contracted it indicates that the turbine is swinging from side to side.
- After a month or two after installing the turbine, lower the tower and check everything, including the tension cable ties, clamps, and cable clamps. Check all screws on the turbine itself and retighten if necessary.
2.After 6 months
- re-tighten all the bolts and nuts that hold together the blades and alternator.
- If you used flaxseed oil to end the blades and tail, re-apply it in another thick coat or two.
- Check all guy wire anchors, turnbuckles, and cable clamps.
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Every system, whether it is solar or wind, needs maintenance to avoid its breakdown and also to avoid major losses.
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I started blogging since 2 years what make me create this blog is the importance of sharing information with readers who love this field, I think i m not the first one who is familiar with this field but every person has his touch.i love nature and i think renewable energy will take over the responsibility of preserving this beautiful world.