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Let's Build Some Wood Wind Mills (Not the Same as Turbines) That Are Beautiful and Produce Energy and Electricity!

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'..Originally, windmills were developed for milling grain for food production... the windmill machinery was adapted to many other industrial uses.[3] .' Let's build Wind MIlls to produce electricity and heat from electricity, and to pump drinking water!

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Ruth R (246)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:07 pm
Please look at the pics of the wood, stone and natural windmills, note, and share!

Arlene Morrison (1)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 2:13 pm
We don't have all that many viable working wooden windmills left here in the UK but I think they are great~ prefer them to those awful expensive ugly wind turbines anyday!

Debbie G (306)
Wednesday July 10, 2013, 6:54 pm
They're awesome. They are way more attractive than the turbines are more efficient for what they are designed to do, and I'd much rather have them than the coal mines and plants.

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 4:44 am
These are awesome! thanks Ruth--shared

Lydia S (155)
Thursday July 11, 2013, 9:54 pm
They are lovely , Thanks

Ruth R (246)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:21 am
Thank you for the comments.
Thank you for the notes.

Alice C (1797)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:53 am

Windmills & Windmill Alternatives

In the recent search for an alternative to the more traditional windmill, it is common that windmills are often confused with wind turbines, but they are not the same. Windmills do not produce electrical power, but use wind power for other purposes such as pumping water or grinding grain into flour. See our article on wind turbines for a full treatment on wind turbines.

Nebraska Cattle Farm using a windpump windmill

Windmills have been in use for centuries, with the first windmill believed to used in Persia in the 9th century CE.

Windmills are machines that convert kinetic energy (from the wind) to mechanical energy. Anything that can produce rotational power can be useful for a variety of purposes. Today, electric motors and combustion engines are usually implemented whenever there is a need to rotational power.

Windmills are still in use today, with various farms throughout the world using windmills to pump water in remote locations where electricity is unavailable (see photo on the right). Windmills that pump water are called windpumps.
Windpumps can pump water out of the ground, or pump standing water into a pond or other more suitable location. With a 15 to 20 MPH wind, 6' windmills can pump 180 gallons of water per hour (3 gallons per minute), depending on the depth of the well. The maintenance on these windpumps is minimal, requiring a simple lubrication or gear oil change once or twice a year. Some windpumps can pump water from wells as deep as 600 feet. Windpumps were also used to supply water for steam powered locomotives.

Another common usage for windmills are grinding grain. These were very popular in Europe, especially from the 12th century until the steam power age.

Various improvements in design included the ability for the windmill to turn and face the wind, various braking mechanisms to keep the mill from turning too fast, increases in the number of millstones available for use, increases in height, and improvements in building materials to make the mills more durable.

The millwrights were very skilled craftsmen and produced a number of beautiful designs. A number of mills have been restored due to their photogenic properties. The trend for organic and green powered manufacturing methods have resulted in a slight increase in desirability.

Windmills have also been implemented in sawmill operations, and the threshing of grains. Wherever a need may be for a standing structure to provide rotational power, a windmill can be used to harness the wind's energy. The possibilities are many.

Of course, the disadvantage of windmills is the intermittent nature of wind. Some areas of the world are simply not very windy, so windmills were not a feasible solution in those cases. A person's productivity was also wholly dependant on the weather conditions each day. For this reason, electrical and steam power technologies eventually replaced windmill operations.

For homeowners who want a renewable energy source and desire to no longer rely on air polluting utility companies for their energy needs, the windmill alternatives are many and can have a variety of uses.

Frances Darcy (133)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:10 am

Jane Williams (165)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 11:49 am

Marija Mohoric (29)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:49 pm

Christeen A (369)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 4:32 pm
Great idea. Thank you.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:07 pm
Noted. Thanks Ruth. My one and only concern regarding the use of windmills is the need to cut trees down to manufacture wooden windmills. Other than that, I think they are a very viable resource and should be used more widely in place of coal and oil/gas.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 9:06 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Ruth.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 11:30 pm
Thanks Ruth. In Israel we have very few windmills, some in the North and on the Golan Heights, where it's windy.

Antonella C (83)
Monday July 29, 2013, 4:17 am

Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:26 am
Noted. Thanks, Ruth.

Ruth R (246)
Monday July 29, 2013, 1:10 pm
Thank you for noting!
Thank you for commenting!

Sharon Davidson (371)
Monday July 29, 2013, 3:38 pm
thank you read signed and passed on

. (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 12:59 pm
TY Ruth and Alice for the additional info..::)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 12:18 am
It's a great idea. Bravo Ruth, for all your environmental care...

James Merit (144)
Saturday September 21, 2013, 5:07 pm
Love windmills, ty.

Ruth R (246)
Sunday September 22, 2013, 7:31 am
Thank you for noting!
Thank you for caring about wooden windmills!
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