Quite a few years ago, I was talking to my two year old friend Sarah, when the subject turned to wind. I asked her where it came from. She looked at me as if I was a bit of an idiot, but then, to my delight, she patiently explained it to me.
It turns out trees make it by waving from side to side.
Other than a bit of sailing experience, and a decent understanding of where the stuff comes from thanks to Sarah, I don't know much else about wind. I'm about to rectify that. I'm going to learn how to make a windmill. And then, once it's made, I'm going to do something with all that wind energy I collect. There are a few things that spring to mind that I might do with some wind power.
- Grinding flour is one, but I tend to get someone else to pre-grind my flour.
- Pumping water. I do a lot of that at the moment in aquaponics, so that could be useful.
- Or even generating electricity. I really need to learn about the stuff, so windmills might be a good introduction to electricity.
Whatever I end up doing with my windmill, it should be an interesting learning experience.
The weather has been too rainy and windy to put much of a dent in all the things I need to do on the new aquaponics system, so I'm reading everything I can find that has anything to do with wind energy.