Wind Turbines

Im designing a wind turbine and all i've come up with is a PVC tee with some pipe on each end. HELP PLZ!!!

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Wind Power?

Rather than charge batteries, can an inverter be used to run the power from the turbine to the grid?

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Wind Dam

Architects and designers Chetwoods have proposed building a wind dam. A giant sail would funnel air flowing through a canyon into a wind turbine to generate electricity. The pictures look unreal, even for CAD models, but the idea is pretty cool. More here at Inhabitat and Ecotality Life.

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wind generator ?

Has anyone had experience in using magnets to help propel a horizontal wind mill or vertical wind turbine .what I mean is putting them in a circular series where the north propel against the north creating , forcing or helping the windmill to move in a circular motion?

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Coil winding :(

Someone please help me.. My hands are getting so tired from doing this!! Ok, My first attempt was simple, Put cardboard on sides of pen, hot glue it down, wind coil. Works great for 18 22 gauge. Got some new 14 gauge wire, well, its A LOT harder than I expected :( What can I do to make winding 40 ft of 14 gauge wire fast and easy? Is there any way I can get it on a power drill or at least something that will make turning it easy? After 2 neat layers on my pen and a lot of tight holding, the 3rd layer started pushing the lower layers away, making the coil get messy :(

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Wind Generator

Hello Guys, I am working on a small project that involves wind energy, I am basically looking for a generator, preferably DC and as small as possible, my goal is to generate at least 17V and between 1.5 and 2A.  Does anyone know where I can find something like this? Thank you Alejandro Moncada

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Inductor winding?

Once again, I come to you for help. I recently became interested in some kind of 555 device metal detector. The schematic calls for a 10mh inductor. However, my local Ripoffshack doesn't carry inductors, and instead I decided I could make my own. It's just a coil of wire right? Right, so I have some formulas to find inductance given things like length and width, and I wondered if there's anything I need to be aware of. Does a ferrite core increase inductance? Where can I get a ferrite core? Do I need one? Is there a sweet spot for inductors? Thanks, Mr. Merino

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wind turbine speed?

i have herd that the minimum amount of wind required to power a (homemade) wind turbine is 10 m.p.h. is that true? and whats the maximum wind speed?

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Wind turbine questions.

I am asking these questions on behalf of another member who has English as a second language. He is building a vertical axis wind turbine (savonius style, I think).  The mechanicals don't worry him, it's the generator and the windings. He wants to arrange six coils and six magnets.  The magnets are going to rotate with the turbine.  He has made the coils himself - each is wound clockwise, with 100 turns of wire. He assumes (and I agree) that the magnets should be separated by 60° of the circle, alternating which pole faces the coils (S-N-S-N-S-N) and the coils should also be separated by 60°. He would like to produce 12V DC, to be fed into a battery. What is the best, or most appropriate way to connect everything to achieve his goal? Links to sites that he can examine (and/or translate) at leisure would be nice.  Or sites in Turkish. (I suspect that Picoturbine documentation would help, but it's in long English.  Still, I've added it to the topic in case it is of help.)

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Wind turbine placement?

I live in a rural area and we have two blue Harvestor grain silos. One has a 25 foot diameter and is 90 feet tall and the other is 4 feet from it with a 20 foot diameter and is 70 feet tall. I was wondering if it would be possible to mount a wind turbine on top of the taller one. I don't know much about turbulence though, if there would be too much? Or how high it would have to be off to clear the turbulence? This is my first try at it, I was going to try a treadmill motor, something small

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Tips on wind power?

I am looking for tips on creating a small windmill to charge a twelve volt battery. what is the best type of motor to use? Does anyone know how to make a charging circuit, so that even when the winds are low, it can charge the battery? What is the best type of battery? Are there any other questions i should be asking about wind power, and what are the answers to them?

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Wind Turbine help?? Answered

Okay, so I'm making a small Wind Turbine to charge a couple of Rechargeable AAA batteries. But my problem is that the motor I'm using only generates voltage when moving clockwise and one of the fin designs I'm using spins it counterclockwise... So I tried a VAWT designs and it spins it clockwise but not very fast... I'll post pictures so you can see the designs. Thanks!!

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Wind harmonic generator?

I had this idea a while ago. There's a nylon strap strung between two trees. It's let's say 2 cm wide and 5 meters long. A strong wind is blowing across it so that the strap is resonating, displacing through, say, 20 cm at 10 Hz. What is the maximum power involved? If you had one or more wire coils running the length generating current, what kind of efficiency over all could you expect? I'm thinking of this as an ultra cheap and easy means of wind generation.

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Parallelized Wind Power

This started as a blog post on Make http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/05/parallelized_wind_power.htmlIt was suggested to head over to instructables and get some stuff going here and it seemed a good idea. Also, in the meantime I found (of course) a bunch of cool wind projects here (about 20). I really like the vertical Savonius turbines. I wonder if those could be stacked with a similar effect?I've been wanting to do a wind power project for a while, and it seems like a good one to work on with others. Here's a brainstorm to kick things off. Please add to it or suggest alternatives problems etc.- total parts cost < $200- leverage off the shelf parts as much as possible. - little or no machining.- over 100 watts, (ideally 300-500) (this could be totally unrealistic with a $200 price, not sure yet)- usable in small yards, urban roof topsThe guys who made the original did some research for a grant and the paper is available here: http://www.speakerfactory.net/TURBINES/GRANTS/Selsam%20EISG%2002-18%20Final.docAlright. Hopefully this is enough to kick off some discussion and gather up interested parties. I think the first step will be to tack down goals and solidify a general approach. Ideally in the end, we can come up with a good parts list from a minimal number of sources, and an instruction set that's relatively easy. A group might also leverage some purchase power by getting some of these parts in bulk (ie. a whole bunch of airplane props). Tim

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Dinosaur wind turbine

I am in Kenya and being of a technical persuasion have been asked to fix this geriatric wind turbine. It is an electromagnet (as apposed to permanent magnet) based generator that my friend bought from the Italian scouts. I cannot for the life of me get anything more than about 3V from it. Has anyone ever seen anything like this before and if so have any idea where on earth I might be able to find out a little more about who made it or how I might be able to fix it. I have tried everything I can and still no cigars. Any help much appreciated. I am here setting up this organisation if anyone is interested access(hyphen)wind(dot)com

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transformer winding details?

I eveyone I am new to the whole electronic scene, i have a bit of kwowlage, but not as much as i need. I need a bit of help pls I am trying to build my own 12v to 230v dc to ac inverter to connect my flat to it. I need about a 5KVA inverter Can anyone pls give me some details on winding the transformer for it. I need to know how many windings on each coil and the size of wire i need for the windings, and any other details that u can spair for my project. Thank you in advace for your help.

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Methods for winding coils

When I read up on the coils used in power generation, I found that the wire used is a type of magnet copper wire, and I bought 1600 feet of it on ebay. My only problem now is winding the coil. I figure I can do something like wrap it a few hundred times around a pole thats slightly larger than the rare earth disc magnets I got. Anyone have any suggestions? Btw, most of my information is adapted from normal rotating wind power generators.

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Wind Generator Connection

I have a generator that provides 15.5 volts and I have it to one DC 12-volt Battery. I am using a 30Amp Diode, but when I connect the cables to the battery and the output only reads 12.75. When I turn on the 750 watt inverter, It seem to overtake the battery, and takes in very little charge. The battery is new and tested. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Alex

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Transformer-winding wire

I am going to be hand-wiring up a large lot of transformers. Someone has told me there is an enameled wire (magnet wire) whose coating melts when you dip it in solder (also tinning the copper tip at the same time). What is this type of wire called? I am having a hard time searching for it. Thanks!

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how do you make a wind sped gage Answered

How do you make a wind sped gage

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is a bodine motor good for a wind generator

I am thinking about buying a bodine motor for a wind generator it has 1725 rpm and it is 90 volts. here is a link for a picture of the motor https://www.google.com/search?q=1750+rpm+bodine+motor&espv=210&es_sm=93&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=PvljUuybOJSh4AP_gYGACw&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1920&bih=912&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgrc=HTm_Ef2s58K5RM%3A%3BiDAIo0vFAwTJUM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi.ebayimg.com%252Ft%252FChristie-AW3-Bodine-Electric-Co-Platter-Motor-Type-42Y5BEPM-90volt-DC-1750-RPM-%252F00%252Fs%252FODU0WDEwMjQ%253D%252F%2524(KGrHqNHJFQE-lKM2UOmBP)WKvKmo!~~60_35.JPG%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.com%252Fitm%252FChristie-AW3-Bodine-Electric-Co-Platter-Motor-Type-42Y5BEPM-90volt-DC-1750-RPM-%252F320916000400%3B300%3B250

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how use car alternator wind generator circuit please?

Can i make wind mill  at my home use car alternator how given conection for low speed wind what type of conversation in alternator give me deatials with out battery how drawn power from alternator contuiosly direct to 12 v  fan motor  or 12v bulb

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Connect a wind powered generator, producing AC power, directly to my house?

What is needed to connect a wind powered generator, producing AC power, directly to my house? I've been looking into wind generators that use F&P Smart Drives. But all of the information I've come across is how to set up a DC system. Based on what I've read, and I'm no electrician, the F&P Smart Drive should be able to produce enough AC power to reduce my electric bill substantially. I'm hoping to find a list of parts, equipment, or a kit that an electrician would need to complete the AC connection. Thanks in advance

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Whats the best way to charge a 48 volt battery bank with a 110 volt(140 max) DC Wind generator?

I would like to use my 110 volt Jacobs windcharger to charge my 48 volt battery bank. Then possibly switch over to water heat elements as a dump load when the battery bank is full. This last step could use the full 110 volts. The Jacobs is rated at 20 amps, about 3000 watts.

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I need the connection diagram for a Ford alternator, voltage regulator no: FIDU-10316-AA.

This is for my Wind turbine project..thank you.

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kite? Answered

Can you make a kit with a tent fly

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How to step up a 0.2 volt current to 2volt? Answered

I recently made a very small wind turbine using a dc motor. it generated a .2 volt current and i want to sted it up

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homemade kites?

I want instructions for a very simple home made kite

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How can I get over my fear of heights?

I need to climb my wind gen tower a couple times a year,(about 55 feet) my knees get wobbly after 25-30 feet. Then I cant let go to do any work.

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wiring a diy stator ? Answered

Hello, I making a wind generator but I want to know what wire gauge to use to get high amps, and how to reduce cogging. Also want to know if I can make my wire coils with double wires, if can, can I connect one in the delta config. and the other in star,  want to know if it will work. It is a 9coil stator and 12 magnets. Thank you.

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school project help please?

okay i have to make a wind meter for sci class. However it has to have certain things in it. A motion transmission system; A motion transformation system; a speed change. It must also use a variety  parts. Most parts will be made available to me, and i have a few ideas. Such as a pulley system to bring the spinning props movement to a way of changing it to another type of motion is where I'm up to Thanks, Andre

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how to make liquid antifreeze concrete?

I need that how make liquid antifreeze concrete & a new formulation for product,thanks my friends

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Can anyone tell me how to use a capacitor in a windmill?

I wouldlike to up the wattage coming in from my windmill to my batteries.

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I need circuit diagram for dslam port and dsl splitter where I found that ?

My graduate project is DSLAM & DSL modem splitter circuit design & implementation

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can not get into bios on a acer extensa 4420..how do i by pass the pass word?

Forgot my pass word in my bios..how do i by pass it and put in a new one

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I'm going to camp next week on Wednesday and I need some pranks to pull on the boy's ?

So I really need pranks to pull on the boy and make sure it is a scary on and safe also funny please.

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when I last went to duane reade -

I had my old card it had 50 points - the woman took my old card and told me to online and get my 100 points - doesn't show anything like that - jasweetdreams@yahoo.com

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using inverter reduces ampage is voltage is important or ampage is important for ac appliance? Answered

If input is 24v&10 amp and the out put is 240 v using inverter what might be the ampage and appliance like AC,washing machine can run with that voltage with out consedring ampage?

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motor driver circuit board?

Hi, i am just trying to build a motor driver circuit board (ardiuno sheild) like that are posted on the front  web site of "society  of robots" by using integrate circuit (L298). does any body knows where i can get that kind of design?

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How to source components for a DIT VAWT?

I am living on the Atlantic coast of a Caribbean Island and need to set up a VAWT with a capacity of 1 to 2 KW to charge batteries for my cottage.  Can anyone point me to a source from which I could source the necessary components, none of which are available on island.

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