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    I live in the UK in which their is much controversy surrounding wind turbines. They are often built in areas on natural beauty our out at sea where many people believe they damage the sealife environment.



    However why cant Bhaskara wheel be used to provide the turning motion instead of using wind. A bhaskara wheel can be used indoors or large units can be built in industrial areas inkeeping with the local surrounding area.



    Can anyone please advise why a Bhaskara Wheel cannot be used to generate electricty?

    A bhaskara wheel uses containers or water strapped to wheel, the falling power of the water makes the wheel turn.


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    Bhaskara wheel is much a perpetual motion machine, which still needs an energy input to get started, and from time to time as friction uses up some of that energy.

    wind turbines have constant drag from the generator, and require constant inputs of wind energy to maintain motion


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    Quote Originally Posted by justlikeyou View Post
    Can anyone please advise why a Bhaskara Wheel cannot be used to generate electricty?
    The laws of physics, specifically conservation of energy.

    http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/overbal.htm
    "From the 8th century to the present time inventors have sought to achieve perpetual motion by use of wheels with shifting weights. None have worked"
    "all overbalanced wheels, no matter how ingeniously constructed, can never provide more energy than they were given initially."

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    Hi,

    Okay so it might not be a be perpetual motion. Maybe it could be given a kickstart every half hour with mechanically placed magnets or something clock work.

    But it still can be used to generate electricity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justlikeyou View Post
    Hi,

    Okay so it might not be a be perpetual motion. Maybe it could be given a kickstart every half hour with mechanically placed magnets or something clock work.

    But it still can be used to generate electricity.
    It will NEVER produce more energy than is put into it!

    wind is an energy source, as are the sun, tides, gravety and water, etc...
    transfering those energy sources into useable or transmittable or transportable forms of energy always looses some of that energy in the mechanisms used

    Nothing transfers one form of energy into another without some loss!
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    You are flogging a dead horse!
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    Remember, it has to do more than just turn. It has to turn a generator, which requires work. Work requires energy, and something has to provide that energy. Wind turbines systems are constantly being fed by energy from the wind...coming from outside the system. A bhaskara wheel doesn't have anything feeding it. It would just slow down and stop.
    Fixin' shit that ain't broke.
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    If you want to generate your own electricity try one of the vertical wind turbines shown in the video below. It's small enough to be on your roof and very quiet because of the magnetic bearing and magnetic bearings never wear out. The model below works well no matter what direction the wind is coming from and just a few mph wind works okay too.

    Roof Top Demo: 10kW Magnetically Levitated VAWT

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGSlzj99pWc
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