Joined: 26 Feb 2007
Location: San Francisco, California
|Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 2:33 pm Post subject: duogen wind/water generation system
|One of the few new things at the strictly sail show in Oakland is a device called duogen. www.duogen.co.uk.
This gizmo lets you use the same generator for both wind and water generatiobn of power. It mounts on your pushpit and can be deployed in the water with a propeller and depth controlling pane surface. Or you can pull it up right and attach a windmill blade to use the same generator to make power. The generator itself is driven through a drive shaft and does not go into the water or up on the mast.
Has anyone seen one of these in action or have any experience with the device?
The venord claims they have been sold in europe for 8 or 9 years.
It seems like a very clever idea but, as a former MG owner, Im always skeptical about British engineering.
There are a lot of open issues that would have to be resolved before I could consider putting one on my boat. The literature is not very informative about the dimensions of the various components or the swing arcs needed during operatioin. I am concerned it it would clear my cap horn wind vane or my radar arch. Its difficult to figure out with the limited info on their web site and in the sales literature.
Tayana 37 PH #581 "Active Transport"