They were common on farms, and were still in use in the 1950s. They rotated much faster than a water-pump windwill, and the head was forever pivoting to be into the wind.
In Victoria, the state grid was being installed through the late 1930s. Some places were on local grid until the 1960s. Kerang, Swan Hill and Mildura all had local generators.
When I lived on Magnetic Island (off Townsville) in 1956, the cable to bring mainland power to the island was just being installed. I was in a cluster of houses served by one diesel generator. It was a standard ritual to fire it up just before sundown, then turn it off before going to bed (it was noisy). Our refrigerator was kerosene, and we cooked using kerosene rather than use the fuel stove.
Now, there is a serious article that all houses should have a wind generator as well as solar panels.
The 2020s will be a repeat of the 1920s.
The old ones produced 12 V dc, but that would be because of the storage batteries.
Modern ones produce 230 V ac.
I am not finding a reference to the traditional ones. Here is just one of the many references to modern ones:
We had a Freelight (wind generator) when I was a kid in the early 50's. It supplied power to a bank of batteries totaling 32 volt and there was a petrol powered engine/generator as well to top up the storage when needed.
Tacho wrote: We had a Freelight (wind generator) when I was a kid in the early 50's. It supplied power to a bank of batteries totaling 32 volt and there was a petrol powered engine/generator as well to top up the storage when needed.
My Grandparents on both sides had the same setup Geoff. Even had 32 volt appliances
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I have only ever seen 32 volt ones before and I was pretty sure they were all Dunlite
Was thinking maybe Windlite was a trade name for the Dunlite wind generators
I have googled around a bit but no answer to be found
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