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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
As electricity costs go up, and the cost of renewable energy goes down, interest
rises in generating one's own electric power, especially through renewable energy.
Of all the types of renewable energy on the market at this time, the two most popular
are solar power and wind power.
Some places are better for generating wind power than others, of course. The best places for wind power are those with strong, steady winds well above ground level. Some areas that are great for wind power are not so ideal for solar power and vice-
The other major saving potential lies in the turbine itself. If you buy a wind turbine fully assembled, you're looking at a cost of approximately $2 per watt, or perhaps a little more.
The size of a home energy system should depend on what you want it for and the power consumption of the home, but most homes require about two kilowatts of generating capacity, which would mean $4,000 or more worth of wind turbines if they are bought from a retailer.
Obviously, then, it is possible to save considerably on the cost of a wind energy
system by building one's own turbines.
Wind generators for home use include the following parts: blades (like an airplane's propeller, except operating in reverse) that catch the wind and turn a shaft; a mounting with a weather-
The generator is attached to the housing, right behind the blades, rather than at
the bottom of the tower. The wind turns the blades, the blade turns the housing shaft,
the shaft spins the generator and that generates electricity. The electricity is
then conducted to where the rest of your system will put it to work.
The easiest way to make the wind turbine's blades is to cut them from sections of six-
Some people do make the blades from wood. If you really enjoy whittling, by all means
do that; these will be very sturdy, long-
Each piece of plastic is attached by a stub to a hub at the end of the shaft. The generator can be an actual generator made for the purpose of generating electricity, or you can rig up a permanent magnet motor to do the same thing.
In fact, an electric motor and an electric generator are essentially the same piece of equipment, the difference being which direction the flow of electricity and work go. So you can use a motor to make a generator, but it's important to find a motor with a low rpm to high voltage rating.
A motor that converts low voltage to high rpms may be highly efficient as a motor,
but it won't do for converting the relatively low rpms of a wind turbine into electric
To make a wind turbine, in addition to these pieces of equipment, you will need some experience and proper tools for mechanical maintenance, electrician work, and likely concrete-
Most of the parts are easy enough to come by, though, on eBay or through other on-
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