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 have at finding wind. But since I have a flat roof, this configuration should work well once the pod is in its final location.
The stealth vawt isn’t quite ready for the rooftop yet. And even if it was I can’t count on the wind blowing every day anyway. So the idea of mounting solar panels to the steel base to capture a little solar energy on those calm sunny days seems like a no brainer. And while this seems like a pretty nifty idea on its own, why not maximize the amount of energy it can collect by doing two things. The first thing; I only use monocrystalline solar panels which can collect more solar energy for their size than a polycrystalline. And that size difference really helps when it comes to building a solar tracking system. If the solar panels are stationary they will still collect energy as long as they’re angled correctly, but you’re not going to get as much energy out of them if they’re not pointed dead on at the sun throughout the day. So the Stealth VAWT and sun tracking monocrystalline solar panels mounted to a steel base loaded down by concrete blocks makes up the Power Pod.