NOTE: This was a proof of concept project, just to show that it is possible to use the casting from an old washing machine to make a rotor, This project is now on hold until I finish my VAWT and other projects I am working on.
I recently had an idea for a horizontal wind turbine. The idea came to me when I dismantled an old washing machine to get the stainless steel drum to make a patio heater. I discovered that the drum was mounted on a aluminum casting that had chunky bearings that though would be perfect to make a wind turbine with, the rotor of any turbine is the hardest part of the build and to find some thing this perfect I just had to see if it would work.
I had a 1mtr length of 6" PVC sewer pipe left over from my VAWT built and decided that i would use it to make a set of blades to see if my idea was valid enough to continue to build a horizontal wind turbine.
For the video the rotor is mounted on a test stand with a clamp. I already have my brain in gear and a rest of the turbine is already taking shape.
The results speak for themselves, you can see that the blades catch even the slightest breeze.
I may even put my VAWT build on hold for now to work on this turbine as I think it has more potential to get me to the goal of charging batteries for an electric bike project sooner than the VAWT.
I will be continuing work on the turbine and once I have the various stages finished I shall post the Instructables.
Thanks for looking and I hope this gives you some ideas for your own projects.