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Wind turbine placement? Answered

I live in a rural area and we have two blue Harvestor grain silos. One has a 25 foot diameter and is 90 feet tall and the other is 4 feet from it with a 20 foot diameter and is 70 feet tall. I was wondering if it would be possible to mount a wind turbine on top of the taller one. I don't know much about turbulence though, if there would be too much? Or how high it would have to be off to clear the turbulence? This is my first try at it, I was going to try a treadmill motor, something small



8 years ago

If turbulence is an issue, true a turbine with a vertical axis, like a Savonius.

The first question, though, is can the silo take the strain? The only silo I've seen inside had only enough structure to support the walls and keep the lid on - a load on the outside would have pushed it over.