NV Micro Wind Test Site - Construction 
IMG 7181
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IMG 7181
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Using compressed nitrogen to blow the concrete dust out of the holes.
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Using compressed nitrogen to blow the concrete dust out of the holes.
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Dry fitting tower base pieces.
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Dry fitting tower base pieces.
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Using Epcon A7 acrylic adhesive to bond 1" all-thread galvanized steel rods to the concrete block. 12" of embeddment.
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Using Epcon A7 acrylic adhesive to bond 1" all-thread galvanized steel rods to the concrete block. 12" of embeddment.
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Excess adhesive indicates that the hole is filled.
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Excess adhesive indicates that the hole is filled.
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Putting some nice clean holes in the tilt over base.
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Putting some nice clean holes in the tilt over base.
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IMG 7205
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IMG 7205
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Test raising empty tower.
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Test raising empty tower.
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Using the anemometer boom to get both booms perpendicular to each other.
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Using the anemometer boom to get both booms perpendicular to each other.
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Connectors for quick wiring of the turbine.
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Connectors for quick wiring of the turbine.
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Day started at 5:30AM and at sunset it is time to start getting down the mountain.
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Day started at 5:30AM and at sunset it is time to start getting down the mountain.
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Lots of empty towers. That will be fixed over the next few days.
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Lots of empty towers. That will be fixed over the next few days.
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I forgot to bring proper screws for the wind turbine. So this is the 4 hour drive to the hardware store solution.
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I forgot to bring proper screws for the wind turbine. So this is the 4 hour drive to the hardware store solution.
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One turbine together and ready to fly.
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One turbine together and ready to fly.
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Anna has cool safety glasses.
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Anna has cool safety glasses.
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The Chinese jack failed partway up. So we used an ATV to pull it up.
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The Chinese jack failed partway up. So we used an ATV to pull it up.
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The Rohn 25G needed guy wires. Since we weren't going to pour deadmen, we innovated. The wire rope was wrapped around a big rock and then additional rocks were "glued" on with some concrete.
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The Rohn 25G needed guy wires. Since we weren't going to pour deadmen, we innovated. The wire rope was wrapped around a big rock and then additional rocks were "glued" on with some concrete.
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Putting an alternator and blades on a Bergey Excel using the gin pole. Windy work.
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Putting an alternator and blades on a Bergey Excel using the gin pole. Windy work.
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Anna took a bunch of good photos of the wild flowers. They were very muted colors and very pretty.
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Anna took a bunch of good photos of the wild flowers. They were very muted colors and very pretty.
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We ran out of time to finish the mechanical work on the enclosure before it had to ship. So metal work was conducted on top of the mountain with a cordless drill and grinder. All of the gray spray paint is a zinc rich paint called "cold galvanize". It prevents rusting.
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We ran out of time to finish the mechanical work on the enclosure before it had to ship. So metal work was conducted on top of the mountain with a cordless drill and grinder. All of the gray spray paint is a zinc rich paint called "cold galvanize". It prevents rusting.
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With all hands of deck, the solar panel was installed. The wind made that quite the workout.
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With all hands of deck, the solar panel was installed. The wind made that quite the workout.
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Jim building the shelf brackets for the job box. 1.5" thick foam goes on all sides.
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Jim building the shelf brackets for the job box. 1.5" thick foam goes on all sides.
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IMG 7348
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IMG 7348
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72 volt turbine.
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72 volt turbine.
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24 volt turbine.
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24 volt turbine.
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IMG 7352
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IMG 7352
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The tower raising jack blew an o-ring. We couldn't feed oil to it faster than it would leak out. The gravel is improvised kitty litter to soak up all of the spilled hydraulic oil.
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The tower raising jack blew an o-ring. We couldn't feed oil to it faster than it would leak out. The gravel is improvised kitty litter to soak up all of the spilled hydraulic oil.
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Box is insulated and peliters are all installed. Time to put some batteries and electronics in it!
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Box is insulated and peliters are all installed. Time to put some batteries and electronics in it!
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The top of the job box makes a great place to store tools while working.
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The top of the job box makes a great place to store tools while working.
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The lower electronics panel is mostly power electronics, power distribution, and control relays.
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The lower electronics panel is mostly power electronics, power distribution, and control relays.
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The 72 volt turbine and wind sensors come into this box. Inside are a sensor input module, turbine frequency pickup, barometer, and turbine stop switch. The arm to the right will eventually hold a temperature and relative humidity sensor. All cables are taped or clamped to the tower to prevent them from being whipped around by the wind.
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The 72 volt turbine and wind sensors come into this box. Inside are a sensor input module, turbine frequency pickup, barometer, and turbine stop switch. The arm to the right will eventually hold a temperature and relative humidity sensor. All cables are taped or clamped to the tower to prevent them from being whipped around by the wind.
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IMG 7392
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IMG 7392
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IMG 7395
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IMG 7395
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Which direction is the wind coming from?
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Which direction is the wind coming from?
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Buttoned up and ready to be left alone.
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Buttoned up and ready to be left alone.
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IMG 7406
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IMG 7406
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Solar panel, wireless bridge, and web camera.
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Solar panel, wireless bridge, and web camera.
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IMG 7409
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IMG 7409
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