Do you literally mean a wind mill?Or an wind turbine/generator?
Hello, I am new member of the forum (age 47) and I sometimes tend to find myself overwhelmed when trying to learn new things. My Resume: I have a great interest in electronics and want to learn to make thinks like I see in maker fairs, etc. I was initially inspired by they now defunct site "WindStuffNow" to make a wind generator, but as I learned what I would need to learn to get there, I got side tracked.I used to play with the radio shack science electronics kits, and in fact I have a pretty good one now that I pull out every couple of years. I understand electronics and electricity up to basic transistors, although capacitors still mystify me. I have programmed in BASIC since I was 12, and dabbled in C, JAVA, and Perl. And, I am a router network engineer currently.While trying to get to the point of being able to build a windmill, I learned to use a metal lathe, milling machine, and tig welder, as well as some basic sand casting of aluminum based on the Gingery series. I have done a small amount of electrical soldering in my life.So, going forward...I am getting close to starting to try to make some wind mill projects, and may want to start with some small models etc. One of the things I want to measure would be the RPM that a wind mill I make turns at, while I try to decide on a design. As well, I would like, if I actually make a wind mill, to be able to record the power created over time and graph the results, and finally, make a control system to maintain constant voltages. I ran across an article about building a gauss/tesla meter with Arduino, and it captured my interest. So, if, eventually, I want to make a tachometer and power meter, and record the information or transmit it to my Mac, ostensibly with an Arduino...Where should I start?1) What kit to use to first get started learning to connect, program and record data from an Arduino?2) What tutorials to do to learn about building or attaching sensors?3) How to locate similar projects so that I don't have to reinvent the wheel?4) How to locate mentors or trainers in my area to consult if needed?It's nice to meet you, I look forward to your suggestions.It seems
There are several books in the arduino store that i would recommend.Getting Started With Arduino 3rd Edition - BookMake: AVR Programming - BookMake: Electronics 2nd Ed. - Book
Learn Linux. take a laptop or desktop computer that is idle and install a version of Linux.As to which distribution to use, i would suggest trying several of them and pick the one that you feel themost comfortable with.
The Arduino Uno is an easy starting point and, if you need WiFi, the MKR1000 is a great follow-on.
Thanks! I'll check them out!<snip>Exactly. I plan to scavenge hard drives stepper motor magnets to build the small scale units, as they are easy to get, and I have about 300 dead hard drives. All those other factors are what I am wondering, too. How do people typically manage signally with out door, remote projects? Wifi? Tether?
I already know, use and love Linux, but I stopped having a Linux machine when I got my first iMac.
A Mac is just Linux in a party dress
Nah. A Mac is just Linux in a party dress - as you see when you use it at the command line ...R
i have 3 MacBook Pro, 3 Mac Mini, 3 iMac, 8 Raspberry Pi, 1 Raspberry Pi Compute Module, 2 Debian Linux Laptop, 1 debian linux desktop and 1 debian server. I lost count of iPads & iPods.
I could not afford anything by Apple....R