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

The contraption I call a power pod is basically a free standing steel framed base with a mast to hold the stealth vawt. The square frame that sits on the ground can be loaded down with concrete blocks to prevent the mast and turbine from tipping over in the wind. Of course the height of the mast doesn’t put the turbine high enough to do much good. In fact, the higher you can raise a turbine the greater chance you’ll find wind to spin it. But since I have a flat roof, this configuration should work well once its in the final location on my roof.

Of course I can’t count on the wind blowing every day, so the idea of mounting a pair of sun tracking solar panels for those calm sunny days seems like a no brainer. While this may seem like a pretty nifty idea, it’s still not exactly what I had in mind when I built it. However it does have a couple of the basic elements of my vision. It does have a stealth vawt on top of a mast and a sun tracking solar array mounted to a portable supporting frame.  But it doesn’t have the 20 foot telescoping and tilting mast that was part of my original idea. I’m limited by the materials I can purchase, so I build what I can afford to build.

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

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