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Turbines

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Turbines are machines that generate continuous electrical power using blades driven by air, gas or water to turn an electrical generator. Almost all of our electrical power is made by turbines these days. Water gets heated up and produces steam, which then gets directed through the turbine and generator - voila electricity!

You could go green and buy your own wind turbine so that you could generate your own free electricity, but that can be costly, and who wants to pay for something that's free? Instead, check out the Instructables below and learn how you can make your own turbine!

How I built an electricity producing wind turbine style
Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona. I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the terrible light pollution found near cities of any real size. I ...
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Parasitic Wind Turbine style
This was built as a lark, a whimsical attempt to recapture some of the hundreds of dollars I spend on air conditioning each year. It's a wind turbine powered by the compressor fan on my air conditioni...
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Tesla turbine from old hard drives and minimal tools style
Build a Tesla turbine from 2 old computer hard disk drives using basic hand tools and a pillar drill. No metal lathe or other expensive fabrication machinery is required and you only need some basic c...
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Cardboard Savonius Wind Turbine style
Goal: build a Savonius wind turbine made out of cardboard to see whatworks. This is for the turbine only and not the generator itself. The main photo you see is the goal.The need for a working model...
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Faroun Savonius Wind Turbine style
http://www.vawt.tk Alternative energy is a must in the future and all of us would like to challange the idea that we can not change and be efficeint.so i am taking that chllange to create my own style...
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Pringles Wind Turbine (Pleech) - Version One style
The Pringles Wind Turbine (a.k.a. Power Leech or Pleech) is an attempt to turn simple items found at the hardware store and elsewhere into a working low-voltage power supply. The Pleech is designed ...
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Build an Amazing Tesla CD Turbine  style
Build a real working turbine from recycled CD's! This Tesla CD Turbine is based on the Tesla turbine, which was invented by Nikola Tesla in the early 1900's. Tesla's pumps and motors were un...
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DIY 1000 watt wind turbine style
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 controll...
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