In my search for design ideas I eventually found this page ( http://www.stiltman.com/html/wind_power.html ) which is where I found I diagram that I used to make a vertical axis turbine. Once I had made it and it spun in the wind to my liking, I thought of possible uses for it.
One of them was making a wind powered lift for a ball machine, but the way I had it set up it couldn't lift the Knex balls (that and I only have one of them) so I used ping-pong balls instead.
BTW the lift I used was designed by I_am_Canadian
I won't be posting a full Instructable for this for a few reasons
- It's my first ball machine so it is small and simple (only four mechanisms and two paths)
- It would be difficult to describe how to make the turbine and it would cause confusion
- It's not really all that special
So without further running of my mouth, I give you Aeolus.
PS: here's the link to the vid, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE2vMWzOI0A ).