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We built a 1000 watt wind turbine to help charge the battery bank that powers our offgrid home. It's a permanent magnet alternator, generating 3 phase ac, rectified to dc, and fed to a charge controller. The magnets spin with the wind, the coils are fixed, so no brushes or slip rings necessary.

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Step 1: Build the magnet disks

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We had 12" steel disks hydro cut. We cut a template for mounting the magnets. Then we mounted 12 grade n50 magnets around the outside edge. We then built a form, and poured the resin with hardner.
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I wish you could have finished this instructable, and added the links for credit, instead of making me go and look :/

mgalinato25 days ago

what a nice project! good job!

ShawnK729 days ago

Where am I able to see the complete instructable of this entire wind turbine project from start to finish?

sspence (author)  ShawnK728 days ago
There are many builders who have posted their information in the discussion group, and the files section. Others have posted at otherpower.com. A project like this is difficult to reproduce in this medium, it really takes video or hands on, which is why various groups give hands on classes. It's a very technical project.
kylee.gaona1 month ago

Thank sspence! I enjoyed your post! Hope to some day be able to do something like this. Awesome!

t.rohner1 month ago

What a wonderful work. In my region, i have either no, or too much wind... zero to two mph's or around gusty 80's for a short time ;-) That's why we tend to do PV around here... but your project is really cool. If i did something similar, i'd have to go hydro.(maybe not this summer....) But i really like your way.(not only charging a smartphone ;-)))

As I am 71 years young Consulting Engineer[ Reverse Engineering ] & Geophysicist; staying in tropical zone where the wind velocity of 30mph[48Kmph] is almost rare and for very short time to the extent of about couple of hours except Himalayan Ranges. So I am also keen in designing such a vertical wind mill with steady stator at center and permanent magnet rotor very similar to ceiling fan which is in a position to generate at say 3mph[5Kmph] with rating of about 20 to 25 watts at the cost of say $30-35v as appropriate acceptable & affordable technology. Hoping for the response. rameshbhides@gmail.com

sspence (author)  Ramesh Bhide1 month ago

Good luck. I've found verticals to not be worth the time or expense.

sorry, I was a little blunt, had a bad day.

Brucela1 month ago
Okay thanks. That would be 1% of the time for me. Normally 5 mph 99% of the time here. Guess I would need a very big one.
sspence (author)  Brucela1 month ago
Wind turbines are rated at 30 mph. That does not mean you will produce that much power all the time, but it's the way to compare to other wind turbines. 1000 watts is the maximum this can produce. The calculator at http://www.green-trust.org/windpowercalc/ will let you calculate how much power you can produce at various wind speeds.
Brucela1 month ago
No way, no how , will that wire generate 1000 watts. I think you misplaced a decimal point.
sspence (author)  Brucela1 month ago
You would be wrong. It's only 41 amps at 24v. Don't forget, it's 3 phase.
Brucela sspence1 month ago
I Read Hugh piggots plans and he quotes 100 watts not 1000.
You don't give much information on wind, rpm, etc. Where can I find that information?
Am I right in thinking each coil is putting out 24v @15 amps?
sspence (author)  Brucela1 month ago

This is a bigger unit than Hugh Piggott's. 8' blades, 30 mph wind, 650 rpm

each coil puts out 8v @ 13 amps. 3 coils in series makes 24v @ 13 amps per phase.

Good job !

TomR161 month ago
TriA21 month ago

what type of magnet do you used ceramic or neodymium magnet type....

sspence (author)  TriA21 month ago
Neodymium, N42 or greater.

One of my favorite instructables! had to check it again :))

sspence (author)  CharlineCaisse1 month ago
Thank you!
Artrhey1 month ago

how much rpm do i need to get 12v supply

sspence (author)  Artrhey1 month ago
This unit is designed to run at 650 rpm.
AndyB23 months ago

great project. I am impressed by the number of views!!

sspence (author)  AndyB23 months ago
I'd like to know how many actually went out and built one :-)

Me too. Your project looks really cool, but I don't think it's as easy to do as it looks. I personally love doing paper and cardboard crafts, but when it comes to technology, I'm useless.


While I understand that upon first seeing the Yahoo group "Restricted" designation, you may think that you would have to pay, etc, but before actually going through the process of logging into Yahoo groups, then trying to join the group, please keep in mind that complaining in the comments that you have to pay, or go through some complicated process to get the info, to a lesser level - MANY groups on the Yahoo site, and others ask that you click the join button, and a group admin manually adds you to keep the thousands of bot-created ads down in the posts. This has been the case since the mid-90's with BBS forums, etc as well. Nothing new here..

On a side note to everyone else...

I agree that the PDF's, and "full" information should be shared on this site, and that it is against the spirit of the site for the author to say they are only using this as an instructable for what is possible, instead of how to actually do it. I believe this is more of an ad for "Come join our Yahoo Group so we have more views!" than anything else, as even basic safety info is left out. It's concerning that someone might try to put one of these together after seeing the wait-wall in the group application process, and hurt themselves.. Much more care should have gone into the info actually shared, vs the baiting to join a forum..

sspence, please clear up the confusion and take your instructions/posts/etc regarding this turbine that you have in the Yahoo group, and post them as attachments here on this site, and link to your group for questions, other learning, etc..

I agree with you Mikerosati

AndyB2 DennisS43 months ago

Hey dude,

Feel free to post your instruction in here too. There is absolutely no fee and people are burning for your great ideas

sspence (author)  DennisS43 months ago

There is no subscription fee, and the group is free. there's a lot more storage for files there, and many group members have posted their instructions as well.

why not make a vertical windmill with flaps .wind force in any direction.90%wind force not 45%.can be any height any diameter.

sspence (author)  marcsnewstylewindmill2 months ago
They don't work anywhere near as well as a HAWT. Try it, and then get back to me. You will see. That 90% is bogus.
BenK82 months ago

Hey, cool device, but I was wondering how much in total the device weighs in pounds?

sspence (author)  BenK82 months ago
under 100 lbs, with blades.
kroeker2273 months ago
What size magnets did you use?
sspence (author)  kroeker2273 months ago
1" x 2" x 1/2"
sspence (author)  DennisS43 months ago

You don't have to buy anything. all the details are free. I'm not selling anything.

DennisS4 sspence3 months ago
Ok, first off your right. I didn't go through the sign up process at Y!
However you are wrong about selling the plans, along with the sign up you have a ad saying sign up for X magazine and get two plans for your project free. I stopped when I saw that. If you really wanted to share your project you should have posted the complete project and not require people to join your group to get more details. I stand by my original post, this project is an advertisement to join your group or by magazines. With that said I'm glad that this is a popular topic and you have given more information in the comments.

Agree 100%

DennisS4 sspence3 months ago
I concede. Your right as I said. It's a wonderful how to and I hope it helps many people. Best of luck to you.
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