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Joshua Scott
03-09-11, 06:55 PM
How to build a wind turbine?

It's very windy here and I've been working on a blue print for a wind turbine. There are many plans on youtube that are interesting, and some that look as if they work fairly well.

If anyone has done this or has seen a reasonable plan post it here!

03-09-11, 08:01 PM
There are some yahoo discussion groups which deal with the construction of wind turbines in great detail.
The 12V DC Power group belonging to Steve SPENCE has a lot of members who have built them and I believe there is a dedicated windpower yahoo group.
Steve's website green-trust dot org (http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/2009/05/07/the-woodhengeorg-green-trustorg-diy-wind-turbine/) has some info on DIY wind turbines which you may find useful.

03-09-11, 10:58 PM
No. But if I were, Home Power Magazine is where I'd look first. Lots of resources & good info: http://homepower.com These range from a cheap system built around an old junker's generator/alternator, up to multi-thousand dollar systems. Keep in mind the occasional HI-WIND storm and with lots of moving parts IT WILL require maintenance.

Joshua Scott
03-10-11, 05:41 PM
I check those links out. Maintenance will be required yes, but it would still be cheaper and smarter then paying for what they charge from the grid.

Arik Alan
03-11-11, 08:21 PM
you may want to check out the vortex max and imparticular mark rodens "Roden Coil". you may be able to take the new winding and retrofit it to a lightweight car alternator. perhaps even an old tractor generator. Tractor generators were commonly used on early aircraft as electricity generators as well. they had a propeller that resembled a multi blade boat prop. i think there was a yhoo group called axiel flux that was experimenting with home built effecient motors/generators.

there is a design that looks like half a wing that flip flops back and forth. They are preferred for water pumping or oxygenation of ponds. i have wondered if someone setup the same mechanizm like those shaking flashlights how they could perform with energy generation.

Michael Joseph
03-11-11, 09:13 PM
I love vortex math (http://www.vortexmath.com/randy-powell-videos).

Nature was my Teacher (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyy4rPKK3c4) can lead to other explorations. Like flying wheels within wheels.

Arik Alan
03-25-11, 06:41 AM
wish i had better retention. I feel i hardly know anything these days. Now i kinda fumble around with low tech and trial and error lol this looks about my understanding lol.



David Merrill
03-25-11, 02:58 PM
I was on a project with a venturi augmenter for a wind turbine in college. We won an award Engineering Days, an annual exhibition. The next year I exhibited an vortex augmenter that I built on a red kite with wire kite string.