WOWWww–Wind Odyssey Wednesday – (continued) – with windpowered waterpumpers
WOWww – how’s that for revamping and stretching an acronym? Nothing about Watts this week. Only windmills as water pumpers – pure mechanical energy!
To begin – my all time favourite ‘wind pumper’ is what Frank Lloyd Wright named “Romeo and Juliet”. Built in 1896, its unique design of free standing hexagonally lain timbers is an engineering and architectural marvel.
“Romeo oh Romeo! Where art thou?”
To answer (although I’m no Romeo), it is located near Spring Green Wisconsin, at Wrights personal home. He died in 1959. The 600 acre estate was bequeathed from his Welsh ancestors, and is known as Taliesin East or “shining brow”.
Check it out in my post: Plot of Earth – Dream and Reality.
Taliesin East, near Spring Green
The original self regulating farm wind pump was invented in 1854 by another American, Daniel Halladay.
Click here for a brief history of wind mills in the western hemisphere, complete with excellent links to nearly 20 wind pumper museums located throughout Canada and the United States.
For the last few decades farmers and ranchers have been shifting over to solar photovoltaic panels that power brushless electric water pumps, as a more cost effective and largely maintenance free system.
Here is an example of Dutch windmill design, which are waterpumpers used in the past to reclaim much of the coast land in the Netherlands. These were common in Europe throughout the middle ages and the early modern era.
photo source – Wikimedia commons
I’ll close with some thoughts on wind power from Abraham Lincoln –
“Of all the forces of nature, I should think the wind contains the largest amount of motive power—that is, power to move things. Take any given space of the earth’s surface— for instance, Illinois; and all the power exerted by all the men, and beasts, and running-water, and steam, over and upon it, shall not equal the one hundredth part of what is exerted by the blowing of the wind over and upon the same space . . .
It is applied extensively, and advantageously, to sail-vessels in navigation. Add to this a few windmills, and pumps, and you have about all. … As yet, the wind is an untamed, and unharnessed force; and quite possibly one of the greatest discoveries hereafter to be made, will be the taming, and harnessing of it.”