The Sycamore Turbine is designed to provide electricity to power electric fences for livestock.
Wood for producing the stand.
3mm diameter metal rod.
Pair of gears.
Two bearings to fit rod diameter.
Sheet of acrylic.
Step 1: Making the Blades
To make lighter, waterproof blades we then vacuum formed a sheet of acrylic over the foam blades. We then painted this green so that the turbine would start to resemble a tree.
Step 2: Bearing Holder
If a metal lathe is not available this part could be skipped and the bearings could be mounted straight into the wooden stand.
Step 3: The Stand
Drill through main stand so that the bearing mount (or bearings) can be knocked in.
Chisel or use a band saw to create a notch for the "arm" to rest in. Hold this in place with two screws through the front of the stand.
Step 4: Mounting the Gears and Motor
Drill a hole the size of the motor in a block of wood that fits on to the "arm".
Fit the motor into the hole and sand down the holder until the gear on the motor meshes with the gear on the shaft. Do this gradually to ensure that a good mesh between the two gears is achieved.
When this is achieved screw the block holding the motor on to the arm by two screws through the underside.
Now you have a functioning wind turbine that can generate energy.