Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
The Owner-Built Savonius Rotor
Low-Tech Wind Power for Farms
Investing in commercially available renewable-energy devices usually requires large capital investments and long payback periods.
This farmer has explored a low-cost alternative.Low-tech wind power offers farmers an alternative approach to the problem. The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) design that has resulted from our research provides useful amounts of generative or rotary power yet can be assembled at a material cost of under $1000.
The design is freely available and can be executed using common materials and skills.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) FNE10-676, The Farmer-built Savonius Rotor: A low-tech Approach to Renewable Power for Farms.
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These products were developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within these products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.