April 1894. Victorian wind turbine

We recently had the opportunity of examining a new type of wind motor built by Rollason’s Wind Motor Company of Berners Street, London.

Rollason’s Wind Motor

We recently had the opportunity of examining a new type of wind motor built by Rollason’s Wind Motor Company of Berners Street, London. The motor has been designed to produce motive power for electric lighting and other purposes, and a specimen has been built and erected in a large field close to Willesden Junction station.

A complete electrical installation, consisting of dynamo, accumulators and switchboard is installed in a wooden building at the base of the motor, and the outward appearance of the plant is shown in Fig 1, which is taken from a photograph.

The motor itself is supported upon a light structure built of angle and tee iron, provided with a roof to cover the working parts.

The description naturally divides itself into two parts – firstly that dealing with the motor itself with its transmission shaft and accessories; and secondly, the electrical plant to which motive power is supplied.

1894 Victorian Wind Turbine