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About: Im an ex computer guy who turned locksmith then Resource Conservation Coordinator for a school district and I still love to tinker with everything. During the last 3 and a half years, I sold the school boar...

Update on progress at http://www.spinpower.org March 2011

LAST NOTE FROM JUNE 2008 -

Hi everyone! Thank you for your interest in my project. I have met a commercial manufacturer and we are going to make these for distribution to third world areas as well as bringing them to areas looking to go green. Hopefully we will be able to sell you a kit for less than you can buy all the respective components, that is the plan, although nothing is done yet. Prototyping for mass production is just getting started.

All components that I have shared will be gone over and those that do not conflict with any patents we are able to get will be posted again in the near future. However, I may be re-posting this as a how to build the kit and or make use of the kit. The bottom line is, I will be re-posting some good solid and useful information for you here again soon.

I have a website dedicated to the new endeavor: www.spinpower.org you can watch there for updates.

- Brad

Back to the information about these attached photos -

These are my first batteries, and I will add as the system becomes established. My first inverter dedicated to the wind, not quite powerful enough to take over a complete circuit in the house unless it were all CF bulbs. The preliminary rectifier circuit with diode for charging without a regulator, I know it looks messy, but it is as simple as the diagram in the PDF. And lastly the multimeter showing volts in about 8MPH of wind down the side of my house with the gate at one end closed. The second mov file shows about 8MPH steady wind and the unit making close to 16VDC. Also included is an mov file of the multimeter in a little less wind, maybe 6MPH. You can see the needle dance a little, my alternator has a wobble in it that I am trying to balance. When I hold the top of the unit steady, the voltage stays closer to peak and doesnt bounce as much. I think the solution is its permanent home on my back hill with guy wires.

The local weather service is reporting the wind at 4MPH, but Im sure it is closer to 6MPH or 8MPH when there is a slight gust. If Im wrong, that just makes the unit even more efficient than I think. : )

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      This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.

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      Hi ! Thanks Peku

      This project looks awesome but there isn't enough documentation of you actually making it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you happen to have images of you making your project you can create some more steps, add those additional photos into your Instructable and then republish your Instructable. 2) If you don't have any more pictures of you working on your project, that's ok too. That just means that your project is better suited to be submitted as a slideshow. Your images are already in your library, and you can use the same text that you have already written for your Instructable so it should only take a few minutes to create your slideshow and show the world what you made! Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.

      HELP ANYONE, I need someone really sharp. I'll pay to have my problem resolved. $600+ light bill is B.S. Looking to solve with wind & solar, inexpensively. No time to do the work myself, even though 30+ yrs in electronics. scarey@austin.rr.com

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      I am in the process of taking these to market, hopefully for less than you can buy the materials to build it. check out www.spinpower.org - my website where I am starting to get this all together.

      I see one problem with this you say you have 16 volts DC although your meter is set to ACV. Now this may not mean anything with your meter but mine is from the stone ages and very picky about this sort of thing. Just wondering whats going on in that picture.

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      Hi, the meter is sampling the AC directly from the windmill. It runs through the rectifier and becomes DC. This photo was because there were a lot of requests to see the rest of the setup. I use the AC reading to know exactly what the windmill is doing in case something goes wrong with my circuit I will know at least there is power going in. So I mention the 16VDC because that is the side of the rectifier that will feed the battery bank. I have several basic multi meters, a needle style always plugged directly to the windmill and the digital ones I use to probe the battery, rectifier, diodes, and anything else I play with plugging in to the setup.

      Cheers to you then that makes perfect sense now. One of these days maybe fluke meters will rain from the skies and all our woes will be cast by the way side.

      Yah, that would be great. Too bad the bills keep coming, if I didnt have to pay them I could just buy a Fluke meter. : )

      i love your idea very cheap why to generate wind energy check out my site thank you here is a link to it DIY Solar

      I was wondering if AWG 26 wiring would work for this project?

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      AWG 26 will work. Your total Amps that can flow through it will be less. That is OK until you get high speed wind gusts. This may not be an issue for your situation. The difference between 24 and 26 is going to be very minimal anyway. So the short answer is "yes". : )

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      Alright, this is a great project, thank you!

      I'm seriously trying to wrap my head around the math of this... 6+6 = 24??? That 1" circle in the center looks like it can only fit 12 times... How is that disc 24" diameter?

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      Write the equations down. Pi cancels. I haven't been to the site yet but I know what he is talking about.

      A 6 inch circle spread open to a half circle is 1/2 of a 12 inch circle. Did that work?

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      Thanks for the reply ... but wow, I'm really struggling to wrap my head around this. Half of a 6" diameter circle is still half of a 6" diameter circle... two halves placed side-by-side would cover 12" as you've described, but how does it magically cover the 24" diameter of the pine disc?

      One more time.... When you have a 6" diameter circle that is split down one side, which is how stove pipe comes, you spread it open instead of closing it into the 6" circle it is meant to become. Did that get it? : )

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      Ahhhhh Got it. Thank you! Apparently the fault was in my lack of familiarity with stovepipes. I thought you had split a single pipe in half.

      Ya! : ) Glad to help. Im sure you are not the only one out there who thinks my math is goofy for one reason or another.