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Location DB > Netherlands > Groningen > Groningen > Abandoned Windmill
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Abandoned Windmill
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created by IIVQ on 7/10/2005 8:52 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 7:37 AM
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 Overview
 Description
Windmill that used to warm water for domestic use (Heating and tap water).
 Basic Information
Type: Steel tower
Status: Abandoned
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information
Address
Middelberterweg
Groningen, Groningen
Netherlands
Owner: My father
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  •  Hazards
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  •  Interesting Features
    This was actually nor a windmill nor a turbine. It's function was to heat water by use of a "water brake" which is basically a turbine, which instead of moving water, heats the water by friction.

    The heat generated by the water brake was transferred to a 2000 litre vat in our barn trough a closed-cirquit pipe system about 80 metres long. In this vat was a heat exchanger which fed to our floor heating and which we could use as tap water (via a switch between geiser and mill water).

    This switch was later changed to have feed water from a far more effective Solar Panel. At current, the solar panels preheats the water for the high-efficiency (natural gas)-boiler, which feeds it into our floor, radiators and tap water. In summer, the tap water will often reach dangerous temperatures of 80 degrees C and more (once even 96 C). In winter the solar panels still preheat the water to 30-40 degrees C, the boiler then afterheats it to 60 C.

    Also interesting is the automatic head rotation by a servo rotor: a small rotor which directly rotates the head of the windmill (with a 1:120 reduction). When the mill was "on" the servo would be on a 90 degree angle with the main axis so the rotor would stop when it no longer caught wind, then the main blades would be in full wind. When "Off" the servo was angled so it was in line with the main rotor.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1987
    Closed: 0
     Required Equipment
  • harness
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     History
    My father used to be very into durable building, this was one of his less successful projects.

    He bought the windmill from a guy called Huisjes in Hellendoorn.

    Due to ongoing mechanical problems my father had to go up there about every weekend to make adjustments and/or repairs.

    The decision to decomission the windmill was made when after one summer storm, the insurance (and especially liability insurance) on windmills tenfolded.

    Also, he had installed solar panels (for warm water) which proved far more effective and far less troublesome (only one breakdown in 15 years, and that was electronics) than the windmill.

    Decommisionning also made it possible to reshape our garden.
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     Future Plans
    The windmill is for sale. In our barn is one set of wooden rotors. So if you are interested, I can bring you into contact with my father for further technical data and/or a bid.
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    Sat, Jul 23rd, 2005
    posted by IIVQ
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/20/2016 7:37 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Dec 20 16 at 7:37, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 20 16 at 7:37, Emperor Wang changed the following: Display Name
  • on Feb 6 10 at 13:06, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 14 05 at 13:30, IIVQ made this location public
  • on Jul 23 05 at 23:08, IIVQ made this location available
  • on Jul 23 05 at 23:07, IIVQ updated a gallery picture
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