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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


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


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

Topic by timothy    |  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


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 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 (www.flexcharge.com/flexcharge_usa/products/nc25a/nc25a.htm) 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


Wind powered knitting machine.

This has already been made, but why hasn't an instructable been posted on this subject yet? http://www.merelkarhof.nl/merel_karhof_-_product_design/wind_knitting_factory.html

Topic by teckner    |  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  


knex wind powered generator

I am currently in production of a motor similar to shake it like a tic tac(where im getting wiring)it uses that idea. it is wind powered and uses a small plastic fan blade no current pics sorry but as soon as i get them i will post i cant get it done until i get money for electrical stuff >.<. below is a crappy picture of how it works

Topic by paperninja    |  last reply


Wind powered battery charger

HI.. this is my first post on these forums. I want to build a small windmill that will charge ordinary rechargeable AA sized batteries. however there's a problem. I have hooked up my windmill to a motor which produces DC current. Now, the motor provides enough and MORE current to charge the batteries. My problem is how do i protect the battery from overly high voltages and currents that may be generated by the motor?

Topic by mahela007    |  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


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


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  


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

Question by bgdecker    |  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


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


I want to build a wind power generator to power my RV batteries?

I want to build a wind power generator so I can keep my batteries charged, what is a good generator to use?

Question by cmurdock    |  last reply


Is there a way to use both solar power and wind power at the same time?

I would like to get off the power grid. I know I couldn't depend on wind power alone. I was wondering if it is possible to charge the batteries I would use from wind and solar power. How would the wiring work on a setup like that?

Question by first1    |  last reply


How do I convert wind power or wind energy into heat?

I have access to a huge piece of windy  but south facing land,  solar gain will not be sufficient for heating green houses, barns, ect..., it is very cold and at high altitude (about 6500 feet).  Strong wind blows all the time.   How do i turn wind into heat and bank that heat as inexpensively and efficiently as possible.   space needed is no issue  the property is a half mile wide.  

Question by ztevo    |  last reply


CD's for power?

I was cleaning my room and found a load of blank CD's. It made me think of all the AOL discs that my house used to get. So I got to thinking - There's a lot of power wasted on these things, right? So, my job for you, Instructables users, is to help me engineer a way to use these CD's to generate solar, wind, tidal, geothermal energy, whatever. Anything renewable. Any ideas?

Topic by A good name    |  last reply


Lawn tractor magnito for wind power generation?

Lawn tractors have AC alternators built around the crankshaft with a rectifyer to DC. Would a wind generator using this for the power generator work, and how much power would it make?

Question by whitet6    |  last reply


How to test the power output on a wind turbine?

I'm on a team prototyping a water filtration system powered by a Savonius wind turbine; the energy from the spinning turbine is mechanically transferred to a reverse osmosis filter/pump setup. We're doing tests of various blade configurations and are trying to determine the power output by hooking up a small DC motor (1-3V, 5000+ RPM) to the shaft. We're seeing only mW outputs though and were expecting something significantly larger. How do we pick a motor for the job? Do we need to match the RPMs of the motor to the expected RPMs of the shaft (~150)? Any other ideas for testing power? Thanks for any help!

Topic by moisture    |  last reply


Will solar power controllers work with wind turbines? Answered

I was looking at solar power controllers and I was wondering if the would function properly if i connect a wind turbine made from a stepper motor to them. The solar controllers I were looking at are on this page:http://www.bgmicro.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category;=395

Question by carrierpilot1357    |  last reply


240vdc to 240vac power generation ?

I’m curious as to why most wind turbines and solar panel inverters generally range from 12-48vdc why cant it just be generated at 240vdc and convert that into 240vac? My understanding is that higher voltage means less current therefore less resistance and heat produced, resulting in a more efficient system. I always hear about inverters generating a lot of heat under load. Does anyone know if this is possible? I'm looking into building a wind turbine to feed power back into the grid, but the cost of inverters are making it an unfeasible project. cheers.

Question by grimgroper    |  last reply


Tiny Wind Turbines that Could Power a Home

Everybody wants to have a cleaner Earth, but few of them take any actions. One of those people is Doug Selsam, who designed high-power wind turbines that can generate enough energy to power a home. The wind turbines measure about 14-18 inches in diameter and they can generate an impressive amount of 200 watts for a 20 mph wind, but the wind turbines could do better if the winds are stronger.Selsam's wind turbines are made of high-strength carbon fiber materials which give the turbines the possibility to be hooked as one. This system is very simple and it weighs a bit, as you see, it can be held in one hand. For the moment, there is no word about release date or availability, therefore I can only say that it's an interesting conceptOriginal Link (via Device Daily)

Topic by Keith-Kid    |  last reply


Blade Tip Power System for wind energy...

I'm looking at adding a not too obtrusive wind generator to a house I just bought. One of the best I have come across is the honeywell BTPS (Blade Tip Power System) - it isn't as sleek looking as a lot of the turbines I am looking at, but it seems like a good concept to me. http://www.earthtronics.com/honeywell.aspxI can't believe that this company is the first to come up with the concept; has anyone here seen any other similar systems, designed to run in the lower speeds/altitudes common in a smaller residential setup, but generating decent power?

Topic by karossii    |  last reply


off-grid solar/wind powered greenhouse

 Hello DIYers, I am planning on building a simple greenhouse (hoop-house) this spring. The construction will be for an 8'x12'x8'H design. Building this part is wonderfully easy. The hard part is building the off-grid power to supply power to the greenhouse fans and hydroponic pump(s). I'm not sure where to start with the plans.  Here is what I am needing some guidance: Do I build a PV panel then design my electrical needs around that...or vice-versa?? (I have forty 2W solar cells on order) I know i will need batteries...how many 12V batteries do I need? Type? What is the best configuration for the batteries? Should I use a DC hydro pump or AC hydro pump? DC or AC fan for cooling? Future plans include using an arduino to be the main controller.... Please keep in mind that this is a small(ish) hobby greenhouse and I hope to build it to be fully off-grid, at least for the summer months. I have the time to build it, but don't have the know-how for fully designing it (electrical stuff confuses and scares the crap outta me). I'm not against keeping the price low, but am willing to spend a few extra bucks to make sure it's designed right.

Topic by Tweac-it    |  last reply


Wind powered desktop PC, is it remotely possible?

So I was thinking up an idea this afternoon about how I could be more of a PC enthusiast, I came up with this idea: What if I could power a desktop grade PC on just the power supplied by a wind turbine (preferably that I had made myself), and batteries? My plan was to set up a (either or) BOINC Computer specifically for research, or something like a DNS/VPN server or failing that something like a NAS. Anyway, heres what I have been able to find so far in terms of wind turbines and power... http://www.mdpub.com/Wind_Turbine/ https://www.instructables.com/answers/how-to-battery-power-a-desktop-pc/ It seems way over my head, especially the second link to the other question. Computer Specs that I had in mind: Intel i5 K series chip of sorts 8-16 GB of (presumably DDR3 memory) A motherboard, again, not sure exactly what but this can be chosen nearer the time, if it helps, something with around 2-4 PCI-e lanes for numerous GPUs. (This is NOT meant to be a gaming rig). A couple of GTX 760's I was having in mind, something older will do too. (This would be using the CUDA technology for accelerated processing) A Power supply that would fit the bill... 1000 watts? May be needed depending on the number of GPUs I have. I am so ignorantly unaware of how this would work.  Other things that I would need: - A wind turbine that was able to charge batteries during the day (for example) - Batteries - Some sort of converter (I think) to change whatever AC power there may be into DC. I think that is what I need,  Thanks in advance! slippers.

Topic by slippers_    |  last reply


How did the wind powered generators work THAT WERE MADE FOR some African primitives?

Some of you failed to even read the one line question:  "How did the wind powered generators work THAT WERE MADE FOR some African primitives?" They were made by an international humanitarian group.  Did you notice that the article on this mentioned that the one watt LED light caused the birth rate to drop by one third? Thanks for the great answers that I got from those who read the question.

Question by dogiewal    |  last reply


Help!! Hydro power

Hello! I need step by step instructions which shows how to build a hydro power system. I have to do this for a small hostel in the mountains. It needs to make 12v atleast and will use a alternator.I will need lots of help from you guys to build it all.Particulatly on the runner(what type for best efficiency,how to build it, cost, tools)and on the housing for the turbine(what material to use,it will have to be very durable and strong).I am an electronics expert so no need to explain to me what is what. Include a circuit which can charge a 12v battery bank . I am aware how a rectifier can be used to convert the alternator's AC to DC.I would like the rectifier circuit too.Added bonus if you show me how to make a housing for the turbine.Also I would like a homemade charge controller circuit too.The controller will have to have dump load options as well.If you can give a good way to water proof the whole thing... Kudos to you I will need all the plans for this project Alternator, Charge controller ,Blades, How to best wire battery bank etc. Please explain what materials to use etc. And please be aware this will be a rather low budget project.I prefer maximum efficiency and please do not worry yourself about where i will get flowing water etc.And please post your own pics if possible.It may not be possible for me to use power tools and a welder,I prefer simple tools, if not, no problem.

Topic by mhkabir    |  last reply


how to make a wind generator using an induction motor?

Using an induction motor to produce electricity

Question by kalamos    |  last reply



DC Motor

Hi Guys, I have a 15.6 volt dc motor taken out of a handheld vacuum cleaner. is this suitable to use in a small wind generator as a project with my kids. when i attach it to a power drill and spin it from the shaft i dont seem to get any power generation. If i connect it to a 12v battery is spins real fast. any help would be appreciated sam

Question by sam301    |  last reply


Induction Motor Help?

Hi guys i have come across an induction motor out of a treadmill. it states on the lable that its single phase induction, 240 volt, 4 poles 3/4 hp. 1.7 amp 1420 rpm. question 1- is there any safe way to see if it works question 2 - can it be used for a small wind generator to charge 12volt batteries to light a shed question 3 - is best put in the trash where it came from any assistance advice would be appreciated

Question by sam301    |  last reply


Solar Versus Wind Power: Which Has The Most Stable Power Output?

Due to the larger magnitude of solar PV power output fluctuations relative to those of wind at time scales shorter than approximately 31⁄2 hours, the costs of large scale solar PV integration are likely to be larger than those of wind.via Treehugger

Topic by ewilhelm    |  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  


powering turbine generator using a fan

Using a fan; can you get more output to power a turbine generator; using a large cog (like a star on a bicycle wheel).To power a bike you have a large star in the front and a small one in the rear which generates more power. So can you do this to power a turbine generator using a fan?   

Question by mannymanster    |  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  


No idea how to make this LED Windmill

OK, I have an idea that sounds kind cool but no working knowledge of electronics. How difficult would it be to make a bank of wind powered LEDS? A circut that progressively lights up more leds as the wind kicks up to a higher speed?

Topic by Eye Poker    |  last reply


Windbelts

I was revisiting some of my old instructables, being a narcissist, and realized it had been two months since I posted my windbelt. Now I haven't done anything with it, it sits in the junk box, but considering the great excitement when the concept had first come out, I was wondering, has anyone done anything interesting since?

Topic by Tool Using Animal    |  last reply



building a small VAWT to charge 12v battery, which motor to use? PM 3791 12v 96 or 60 hz 115v PH1 1,1 anp 1.5 hp?

I took apart an old air conditioner for the turbine blades and the second motor is from the air conditioner. The DC motor is from a salvage shop, I don't know any more about it except it was made in Canada. I am a long time out of school and not very handy so please don't suggest I wire my own alternator/generator. I know I am ignorant, but I hope you will keep answering my questions until I build the dang thing. Thanks John S.

Question by J2SARET    |  last reply


has anyone considered a DIY design for a weather baloon wind turbine Like the Mars wind turbine?

Hi the mars windturbine seems to be a simple idea take a weather baloon add fins allow the baloon to spin bottom over top and connect generators and cable to the ends. It has a stableiser in the center. It would almost make sence to make one by doing. What are good recourses for that? Where can I find more information on it? Here is the link to the MARS turbine site. http://www.magenn.com/

Question by josheeg    |  last reply


How to build a car powered by a savonius/wind turbine

Hello! I have seen an interesting experimental car on German TV. It is a small car, in which a wind driven helix directly trasmits the mechanic energy to the wheels. The car moves, even against wind direction. That car was equipped with a tall helix perpendicular to the main axis. I think that a savonius turbine would be more effective because it can exploit winds coming from every direction. Does anybody have any ideas or plans to realize a similar car?

Topic by isacco    |  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


What can i power with a small wind turbine?

I have recently built a small wind turbine for fun and now im looking for something i can do with it. The original idea was to charge 12v batteries to run an inverter but i got a shock that in a normal breeze, the turbine can only generate between 1.2v {normal breeze} to 2.5-3v{ gusty winds} So what usefull thing can i do with a turbine that makes 2v?

Question by microbike    |  last reply


OFF GRID POWER Systems MSW invewrters Answered

Hi, Recently I purchase a 5000 watt 60cycle, 24vdc to 220vac inverter (MSW) to run my off grid cottage on, when I received it it had a 2 wire out put. could I conect the inverter 220v out to a 220 to 119/220v transformer  so i  could connect it to my north american house hold elecrical panel?? This would give me the 220v split single phase (full sinewave) similar to hydro power?? Our cottage maximum wattage reguired at any one time we only reguire 12-1500 watts as we have propane stove, fridge, furnass,and hot water. Therefore we only need power for vacum cleaner, washing machine, microwave oven and Led lighting. regards ron

Question by musselbeach    |  last reply


can I have a small heater being powered by solar power and or wind?

I live in Scotland and I have a small greenhouse on my balcony, as the winter is coming and is already quite cold I was hoping it could be a way to have a small heater powered by solar power or wind power.  It doesn't need to put out high heat, just enough to bring the temperature so my chilli plants don't die.

Question by pjfsdias    |  last reply



Wind turbine/Solar charger or hybrid to power monitor?

I want to create wind/solar or hybrid charged monitor. I found a lot instructables and the question is, wind turbine is enough to fit power my monitor or use the solar charged solution or hybrid(possible?)? And anyone can send me links from this site(or another) which is close to this project? (turbine length, how many solar panels etc.?) Thx for answers. (sry my bad english)

Question by PREM1Z    |  last reply