This is my first Instructable so bare with me.
This following Instructable is for A Wind Turbine that i Designed and Made out of Salvaged and Recycled Materials
Because of the nature of the materials,everybody building them this way will all be different,
don't let how i made this turbine affect how you make yours. build it with what you got.
Wind turbines are not only Great to make but if made right can be good source of electricity.
The way i will be using this Electricity is this.
The Turbine will produce a current that will be all over the place and that i will run through a 'Regulator"
to Convert it into a usable and steady 12v, this will charge a bank of batteries.
from this i will use an inverter to convert that battery power into a usable voltage (240v). from there its pretty straight forward. (lights. etc)
This is a simple wind turbine Design that i built in less than 1 day.
This is what it is made up of
MATERIALS(I cant really give any specific lenghs and sizes because... everybody is going to be different ... Its all Relative)
Blades (salvaged From an AIRCON)
Iron Rod (for extending wings)
DC Motor (salvaged From Treadmil)
Swivel Deck (i got it from a salvage yard. i think it it a wheel mount for a ride-on lawnmower)
Mast (Steel Pipe) (Pre-Loved ...of course)
Steel RHS (Motor Will be mounted onto this ... this will also be welded to the swivel deck
Directional 'WING' (sign writing material board) (aluminum Plastic Composite Panel)
BOLTS ( for mounting Motor to RHS)(and mounting 'wing to the mounting Angle)
Angle iron (for mounting Directional Wing)
Galvanising Spray paint
(ill keep this instructable just about the turbine for now so at this point i wont include all the batteries and
instruments like the inverter or the voltage regulator)
I should also mention This Turbine Project Costed Me 'Little to Nothing'
I used Basic Tools In building this Wind Turbine
Grinder (cutting disks and polishing/sanding disks)
Shifting Spanner (wrench)
Spit and grit and a Whole lot of Duct tape
Multi-Meter (Electronics testing meter)
Hammers (for hitting)
Tape Measure (For Measuring)
(basic tools needed for dismantling all material holding items)
This Has Been My Entry into the Instructable 'Green Living & Technology Challenge'
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This Wind Turbine is Not only Effective in Producing Electricity it has been made at LOW (if Any) cost
Stay tuned for Power Output Readings
So i ended up not getting a tool for measuring how fast the wind was going, but on an average day is.
between 15-18 Volts and and up to 28-32 volts on a more windy day. ranges between 400 and 750W depending on the wind....
Being that it is relatively low. i feel this is a good effort for the height, but will start to build a bigger pole to put it on, Probably 25-30 feet or around 10 metres which gets it in the sweet spot.
where i work and the building surrounding creates a kind of wind tunnel that is perfect, i just need to put it high in the sky and watch it fly...
Step 1: Blade
i cut blades from an aircon.. i then welded them to a piece of steel rod which then welded to the center washer setup.
Step 2: DC Motor
Thls Motor is from a treadmill Workout machine that was Destined for Scrap metal
When this Motor Spins it easily Produces power and with a Regulator ill just keep it at 12volts..
Step 3: Joining Motor to BIade Lt Is Simple As Just Welding the Two PiecesSetup
lts simple as Just welding the 2 together
Step 4: Join Motor to Swivel Deck.
Step 5: Mount Wing
Mount wing.(use Bolts)
Step 6: Extend Pipe Mast
Extend Pipe Mast by Welding more Pipe to the end of the short Piece.
Step 7: Mountingl Welded the Mast
i welded the mast straight to a sea container roof structure.
Step 8: Conclusions
this project took Me less than a day to make. I think any Body can Build these things And the only thing limiting Design is your imagination.
this has Been My entry into the 'green projects,' Competition.
I should also mention that I didn't pay for a Single thing. I salvaged it ALL!
Second Prize in the
Green Living & Technology Challenge