Intro: Images by Request.... Update June 2008
Update on progress at http://www.spinpower.org March 2011
LAST NOTE FROM JUNE 2008 -
Hi everyone! Thank you for your interest in my project. I have met a commercial manufacturer and we are going to make these for distribution to third world areas as well as bringing them to areas looking to go green. Hopefully we will be able to sell you a kit for less than you can buy all the respective components, that is the plan, although nothing is done yet. Prototyping for mass production is just getting started.
All components that I have shared will be gone over and those that do not conflict with any patents we are able to get will be posted again in the near future. However, I may be re-posting this as a how to build the kit and or make use of the kit. The bottom line is, I will be re-posting some good solid and useful information for you here again soon.
I have a website dedicated to the new endeavor: www.spinpower.org you can watch there for updates.
Back to the information about these attached photos -
These are my first batteries, and I will add as the system becomes established. My first inverter dedicated to the wind, not quite powerful enough to take over a complete circuit in the house unless it were all CF bulbs. The preliminary rectifier circuit with diode for charging without a regulator, I know it looks messy, but it is as simple as the diagram in the PDF. And lastly the multimeter showing volts in about 8MPH of wind down the side of my house with the gate at one end closed. The second mov file shows about 8MPH steady wind and the unit making close to 16VDC. Also included is an mov file of the multimeter in a little less wind, maybe 6MPH. You can see the needle dance a little, my alternator has a wobble in it that I am trying to balance. When I hold the top of the unit steady, the voltage stays closer to peak and doesnt bounce as much. I think the solution is its permanent home on my back hill with guy wires.
The local weather service is reporting the wind at 4MPH, but Im sure it is closer to 6MPH or 8MPH when there is a slight gust. If Im wrong, that just makes the unit even more efficient than I think. : )