Last year I bought my husband a Christmas present that would not only fix a problem that we have with our well but also would suit his personality and apptitude. I found plans for a Brakedrum Windmill. Every year, our electricity goes out dozens of times and when we lose electricity, we lose water. My husband is the sort that never leaves a good machine alone. It must be some kind of inner calling that makes him take things apart and place his own magic within the combustible engine. It is because of this particular obsession of his that we pieces of every machine known to man littering our back yard, barn and workshop. This is also why I thought it would be a good idea for him to have these particular plans for a windmill. You see, the booklet shows how to build this contraption out of parts from a Ford transit double wheel van or Ford 3/4 ton truck--both I am sure currently reside on our property. A true redneck windmill. I don't have a windmill yet...but I'm sure he'll get around to it in a couple of years.
I had to purchase a new SUV recently and I was not happy with the choices on the market. What I really wanted was a Toyota Hydrogen SUV , but it is not yet available, and I needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle immediately. I settled on a Jeep Liberty because I was tired of car shopping. It doesn't get great gas mileage (heavy sigh) , but it does possess the ability to manually go into 4-lo (It is trail rated, but not pig trail rated) . If you saw where I live, you would understand. Even with 4-wheel drive, I am often forced to abandon my vehicle and hike a mile up our gravel road to get home. I really don't mind...it is a pleasant walk.
I am trying to learn more about Hydrogen Power and came across this site A Hydrogen Powered World which was fairly informative and encouraging. If I had money to invest right now, I would be tempted to put it in hydrogen wind ships.