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English: Charles F. Brush's 60 foot, 80,000 pound turbine that supplied 12kW of power to 350 incandescent lights, 2 arc lights, and a number of motors at his home for 20 years. It today is believed to be the first automatically operating wind turbine for electricity generation and was built in the winter of 1887 - 1888 in his back yard. Its rotor was 17 meters in diameter. The large rectangular shape to the left of the rotor is the vane, used to move the blades into the wind. The dynamo turned 50 times for every revolution of the blades and charged a dozen batteries each with 34 cells. For scale, note gardener pushing lawnmower underneath and to right of the turbine.
Date between 1888 and 1908
date QS:P,+1500-00-00T00:00:00Z/6,P1319,+1888-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,+1908-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
when the turbine was dismantled by Brush.
Source Robert W. Righter () Wind Energy in America: A History, University of Oklahoma Press, p. page44 Retrieved on . ISBN: 0806128127.
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see also picture from other angle File:Brush-windmill.jpg

This is a retouched picture, which means that it has been digitally altered from its original version. Modifications: Gray sky inserted where destroyed, mechanism and man sharpenned. Modifications made by J JMesserly.

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  • Danish Wind Industry Association web page on Brush's turbine has extensive technical details on the mechanism.
    • A Wind Energy Pioneer: Charles F. Brush[1], Danish Wind Industry Association, (Please provide a date or year)


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