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My name is Neville Pettersson and I have created the this site to help regular home owner’s like me make their own
With the increase in the cost of electricity these days, interest in generating one's own electric power is on the rise as well.
Renewable energy (or "green energy") is high on most people's lists of the best ways
to do this, for many reasons: it helps the environment, the most popular types incur
no fuel costs, and it's the closest to being maintenance-
Domestic wind power is attractive for homeowners who live in areas with strong and steady winds a number of feet above rooftop level. Depending on prevailing wind conditions, wind turbines for the home can be cheaper to install than domestic solar panels, and produce energy in both day and night, unlike solar panels.
Building your own wind turbine requires some tools and some mechanical knowledge. It's not as simple as making a solar panel. The reward can be very great, however. What will be presented here is not a detailed guide but a general overview giving you an idea of what is involved in the way of work and materials.
A wind turbine capable of generating electricity has the following components: blades to catch the wind and turn a shaft; a mounting that keeps the blades turned into the wind; a tower to raise the mounting up where the wind blows; a generator to turn the motion into electricity; and an electronic control system with batteries or an apparatus for net-
Begin with a two-
Each quarter will be cut into a shape that includes a stub for attaching it to the
hub and tapering blades down to an outside end roughly half the size of the original
quarter. Each length of pipe thus makes four blades, and you will want three of them
for your turbine.
The hub, to keep it simple, should attach directly to the generator shaft, so that you have the generator positioned right behind the blades.
The tower needs to be capable of standing in a high wind -
The generator itself can be bought commercially for the purpose, or you can use a permanent magnet motor as the generator, since a generator is basically a motor run backwards. For this, you want a motor that is rated with low rpm to high voltage.
A motor that converts low voltage to high rpm's will do the same in the other direction,
and may not generate much power with the relatively slow rotation driven by wind
As noted above, you will need some mechanical aptitude to make your own wind turbine, but most of the parts are fairly simple to acquire and the design isn't tremendously difficult to put together.
The savings in your electricity bill can be well worth it.
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