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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?

Question by Hubiewan    |  last reply

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.

Topic by ewilhelm    |  last reply

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?

Question by junkyardenergy    |  last reply

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 :(

Topic by Killa-X    |  last reply

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

Topic by AlejandroM5    |  last reply

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

Question by mrmerino    |  last reply

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?

Topic by Sun Gear    |  last reply

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.)

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

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

Topic by technic6490    |  last reply

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.

Topic by SolarFlower_org    |  last reply

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?

Question by cyc4015    |  last reply

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!!

Question by Zem    |  last reply

Parallelized Wind Power

This started as a blog post on Make 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: 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

Topic by timothy    |  last reply

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

Topic by accesswind  

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.

Question by rahvin1223    |  last reply

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.

Topic by fafnir665    |  last reply

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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Working Wind-Up

I'd like to build a manually operated wind up key( the kind where the key turns slowly) for my costume. One problem; I don't understand the mechanism too well. If you could break down how it works as well as the parts that I would need to create such a device would be greatly appreciated.(P.S. I'm pretty new to this so if you could take that into consideration that would be great too).

Topic by LuckyLanna    |  last reply

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!

Topic by samurai1200    |  last reply

Wind-Powered Knitting Machine

This machine uses the power of the wind to knit one continuous sock. It harvested from time to time and sections are labeled with the time it was knit. Very cool.Be sure to check out the video in the link below. Wind Knitting Factory via CRAFT

Topic by fungus amungus    |  last reply

Wind-up Kaliedoscope Goggles

Acid-punk, haha. I would love a pair of these (they don't exist, to my knowledge)

Topic by RefStone    |  last reply

Solar/Wind Forum for DIYers?

Does anyone know of a good DIY forum for solar/wind? I need a community to help with some real basic questions and this site while it is amazing has a low social to it. Looking for a group of solar/wind enthusiasts.

Topic by braddd    |  last reply

Wind turbine to charge batteries

I have a solar electric system with a battery back up for power outages.(it is also grid tie) I would like to add a wind turbine to charge the batteries in extended outages with no sun and hopefully wind ( we normally have low wind but storm outages have lots of wind). The batteries are 12 volt connected in series to produce 48 volt. Can I, should I, get a 48 volt turbine and connect direct to the batteries or some other voltage and go through the inverter like the solar panels do and if so how and what voltage turbine?.. Chris

Question by papabear911    |  last reply

Wind turbine! Gear motor?

I'm thinking of making a VAWT and saw a 115v Bodine gearmotor for $30. Been looking all over for the popular Ameteks. Are gear motors feasible?

Question by fifh89  

Box Fan Wind Generator

Is it possible to make a home wind generator from a box fan?

Topic by elkaddalek    |  last reply

Reed switch wind speedmeter? Answered

Hello, I need some help with counting the pulses  on digital pin with reed switch and arduino for speed meter and also calculation for the speed in km/h.

Question by Konstantin Dimitrov    |  last reply

wind up timer device

Hi all can someone help me find out a way to make a wind up timer? - all it needs to do is manually wind up by hand, unwind through a series of gears slowly.....but needs to have a strength of about 2kg/cm torque. something to unwind for about 30 minutes would be perfect is there anything out there which can be used..or a simple way to make using spur gears and a coil spring? many thanks

Topic by oem_odm    |  last reply

diagram/information for wind turbine

Can any one point me in the right direction please. i'm building a mini wind turbine but i'm not sure what do do with the electronics side of things. for example: 1, how to charge a battery - (when i connect the battery it powers the motor! i dont want this,) 2, how to prevent over charging thanks zac

Topic by bede123    |  last reply

Wind Power Charge Regulators

Hello!! I need some help here...I am very "green" when it comes to alternative energy, so bear with me please! I recently decided to put together a small wind generation system to power my workshop. System is comprised of a 38v Ametek PMDC motor, 6.8' tri-blade array for propulsion. I also intend on installing a 2000 to 3000 watt modfied sine wave inverter powered by my battery bank to provide AC voltage to the shop. I want to be able to used the majority of the power created by my wind generator. I understand the concept of using a "shunt" but do not have a need for hot water or useless lighting. My question is this, would the Flexcharge NC25A charge controller ( be sufficient enough to used in this system? Or is there something else out there that would maintain my battery bank without shunting the load when the bank is fully charged....Thanks in advance.

Topic by NMCBDet23    |  last reply

ceiling fan wind turbine

I am in the middle of building a ceiling fan generator/wind turbine.  I know that the electric current produced is AC (I think it's 3 has 3 wires coming out of the fan). I do not know electricity that well, and am learning as I go... I would like to use the wind turbine to drive a small garden water fountain pump that is 120 volts.  What do I need electrically to complete building this wind turbine? Does anybody have any suggestions on resources on how to connect such a device electrically?  (Do i need a diode, rectifier, ???)  Does the voltage produced by spinning the generator have to equal the volts required by the device ( small water pump)?  Thank you for any and all help as I'm trying to learn and hopefully complete this wind turbine by summer.

Topic by Jesusistheway    |  last reply

Wind powered knitting machine.

This has already been made, but why hasn't an instructable been posted on this subject yet?

Topic by teckner    |  last reply

Bamboo wind chimes/ flutes

In the older Robin Hood movie with Kevin Costner, when Robin, Azeem, and Duncan were running from the Sheriff's men, they ran into Sherwood forest.  The forest was reported to be 'Haunted'.  Partway in they heard strange sounds which were discovered to be what I believe bamboo wind chimes that were also flutes or whistles that were activated by the wind.   Anyone know how these could be made?   The main problem I see is that the flute/whistle needs to sound at low wind speed. I have never figures this part out.    Thanks.

Topic by lonepiper    |  last reply

Axial Flux Wind Turbine

24 pole, 3 phase alternator. 18 coils of #20 wire 80 turns each, 6 coils in each phase connected in series, then wired 3 phases in star config. Put out lethal voltages at a very low rpm. Using N45 2" x 1" x 1/2" Neo Mags, two discs of 24 each attracting each other through coils. I need to know what the number of turns would be for #13 wire, same configuration for charging batteries.

Topic by dna11207    |  last reply

Wind Powered Quad-Cart

I haven't seen anything this on here so I thought I'd step up. Engineers (or anyone who fancies themselves A DIYer) I found a few days back I little some very interesting Wind Powered Rides...six-or-seven-ways-wind-powers-vehicles OK so we know it CAN be done, but can it be done by a DIYer? OK here's my concept, Design and shape are optional but basic components are such: Take a pair of multi-speed Bicycles, their gearing will be the basic propulsion for this vehicle. Take one of the "bikes" and hook up a prop where the pedals "where" and set the wheel output to be higher then the prop speed, this should take care of the foreward movement once going. Now for the initial starting power (Bike 2), this can either be by petal, or by electric (solar/battery- up to you) But the basis for this whole thing is simple energy transfer, if the moving air over the prop causes the drive wheels to go, and by having them geared higher, the vehicle SHOULD move faster the faster you go ..Right? Can I get some math to back this up? it sounds like it would work.

Topic by Green_Primus    |  last reply

AC Motor to Wind turbine? Answered

Ok Yes I know that It has to be DC for it to work as a generator. But I found a fan from Dads greenhouse and its rather larged, used for air circulation. Is there any AC to DC fix? Any rewiring or turning the coil around? Any help or suggestions would be of great help.

Question by CrawdadMan    |  last reply

wind mill blade design?

Im currently building a windmill, and For the blade design I was thinking about going with something like this:  and I could use some help with figuring what the actual shape of the blades would have to be cut into, to fit onto the rim. thanks:D

Topic by jakem456    |  last reply

Wind-up motor for a blower

I have this idea for a desktop toy which needs a blower. I could just use an electric blower, but I'd rather make a wind-up motor instead. I'd like the blower to spin pretty fast, to make enough air pressure to give the effect I'm looking for, but I don't want it to conk out after ten seconds, three to five minutes would be acceptable. I was thinking I could salvage the parts from something like an antique wind-up record player or phonograph (because they run pretty long), but I'm on a tight budget and I'd rather not destroy something that cool already. Please, any help would be much appreciated! Thanks! I'll post an instructable of my final product (if it ever gets done!)

Question by jmlidea    |  last reply

Wind-powered phone-charger

Here's one for the tower-block dwellers - a wind turbine you stick to your window. On the inside, you stick the matching base-station, and the set uses electromagnetic induction to transfer energy from the spinning turbine to the phone in the charger's cradle. It's a neat idea, but I don't know if it's a real product - I tried tracing the links back, and ended up going round in circles in the blogosphere. What I am sure of, though, is that somebody reading this has got the skills and motivation to build their own version.  You don't need to use the same design of turbine blades, and it's up to you how it sticks to the window (suckers?  magnets through the glass?), but I bet you can do it. Just remember to post an Instructable. Traced back to Yanko Design.  Originally seen on NOTCOT.

Topic by Kiteman  

how to wind coils to generator?

I am willing to make home made generator what is best shape and way wind the copper coil

Question by pattadkalanil    |  last reply

Can secondary winding be first? Answered

I already have the ferrite with 250turns on it. if i wind the feedback and primary over the secondary will the circuit still works.

Question by ARJOON    |  last reply

K'nex Wind-Up Clock

I will give a patch and much thanks to anyone who can make an wind-up alarm clock out of K'nex and an instructable. Here is a link:

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Question about winding coils.? Answered

So i need to wind some coils, and i suddenly though about it, and now i need to know if im on the right track. When winding coils, will winding the second layer, back over the first layer, in the same direction (for example clock wise) cancel out the coil? also, i bought a galvaniced threaded rod, thinking it would work as a core. it would work right? What if i had a 8 turn primary. Should it be under the secondary coil. Or could i wind the secondary to the side of the primary? thanks :) 

Question by dumle29    |  last reply

wind-up radio for bike?

Has anybody thought of the idea of using those freeplay wind-up radios to use as a dynamo for a bike? So you can power up your lights, charge your ipod or even more.

Topic by markldn  

Hand winding of helical springs?

Are there any thoughts on an easy way to hand wind a helical compression spring using simple hobby workshop equipment? Say, d = 0.25 mm, free l = 80 mm and shut force about o.5 N ( 0.1 lbf)

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The machine should be able to wind a filament or wire around a beam structure that could measure 40 feet long by a diameter from 5 to 40 inches. A mechanical tensioning system portable and compact for supporting and dispensing fiber filament or wire, to the filament winder with a standard tension range from 1 lbf to 10 lbf. The winding around the beam such be done silmultaniosly in a criss cross pattern to a 45 angle degree. If interested in helping me with the design, my options are open to discuss terms. Please contact me if more information is needed. thank you, munsangv

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wine bottle wind chimes

I need help!  Within the last month, one of the regular emails that are sent out had a wind chime made from a green wine bottle.  I had it saved, but my phone died.  I can't locate that post.  If you can please help, I'd be sooooo grateful!!!!  I'm sorry if I am posting this in the wrong place. I'm new here and am a little overwhelmed. Thanks in advance.

Topic by shehanna    |  last reply

Lost the wind generator here

I saw an instructable about a wind generator here last month. I bookmarked it to show to a friend so we could build it. Now I go to show it and I can't find it. I believe it was called the chispito wind generator. It features 3 blades made from big pv pipe. Can anyone tell where it went. Do they take down older instructables periodically? Can anyone tell me where I can find this if it's not on this site anymore? Thanks

Topic by diane4m    |  last reply

new blinds flapping in wind

I purchased a horizontal blind for my (single) sliding glass door (SGD) which was a mistake. I should've bought a vertical blind since whenever I open the SGD a bit the wind catches the blind like a sail and it makes a racket when it smacks against the frame. Obviously a vertical blind could've been opened a bit more than the SGD so the wind would not catch it. Any thoughts on how to remedy my problem would be appreciated! Dan

Topic by DanB3    |  last reply

3 phase wind generator

I am making a generator for me wind turbine and I have 12 neodymium magnets that are 50x25x10 size and 16 gauge enameled wire if you could tell me how many turns I would have to do in each coil and how many coils to do according to the 12 magnets and how much would generate the generator

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