Sun Tracking Solar Panels + Stealth VAWT, on a Stick = Power Pod

The blades are spinning faster than they appear to be.

This contraption I call the power pod is basically a free standing steel framed base to hold a mast for a stealth vawt along, with sun tracking solar panels. Concrete blocks add ballast to the base to prevent the mast and turbine from tipping over in high wind. Of course the height of the mast on this first prototype doesn’t put the turbine high enough to do much good. As you might guess the higher you can raise a turbine the greater chance it will find the wind needed to spin it. While this first attempt may seem like a pretty nifty idea, it’s still not what I had in mind when I built it. This rig does have a sun tracking solar array mounted to the same mast that holds the stealth vawt, but it doesn’t have the 20 foot telescoping and tilting mast that was part of my original idea. I’m financially limited to buy only the materials I can afford to buy. Please watch the video below for a better explanation of what I expect the fully developed power pod to look like. The pennys I earn from your watching my advertisement laden videos adds-up to help buy materials for future projects.

If you don’t mind a little warped humor, this video will give you a better idea of the attributes I’d like the next power pod to have. Watch it to the end, it’s a gas.

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