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Windmill Generator for the Bumblebee Buoy,
SCRIPPS INSTITUTION OF OCEANOGRAPHY LA JOLLA CALIF
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The problem of supplying power to a small buoy that must stay at sea for a year to a year and a half is a problem with many facets. There are various schemes for providing buoy power, but in nearly all cases the problem revolves around two flaws -- cost and weight and in many cases the schemes dont work at sea. Due to a variety of problems, the windmill generator has been passed over as a power source, yet for small buoys it remains one of the most practical. Its potential led the author to select a windmill and design a buoy which would make the windmill work. This windmill has now been tested a sea for 13 months and proven its ability to survive the ocean environment and storms. Author
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