TurbineOne - Basic Wind Turbine That Anyone Can Make





Introduction: TurbineOne - Basic Wind Turbine That Anyone Can Make

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This is my first working practical wind turbine. I really love green projects and renewable energy stuff. Last year I 've made a small modification on an old PC fan to convert it into a small wind turbine. It had enough output power to light an LED. It was a huge project for me at that time because I 've always wanted so much to get even little power from wind ...UK.

The huge number of people on instructables who successfully built different sizes and shapes of practically working wind turbines has motivated me to build my own next level wind turbine to have higher scale of power output.

That 's where TurbineOne came from.

TurbineOne is my first practical power generating wind turbine DE.

I named it TurbineOne because I intend to build many other turbines.

I 'll explain how I built it in the next steps.

I know, when it comes to technical appeal ,engineering calculations or technology practices TurbineOne is not very awesome.

Believe me, I'm not so handy when it comes to mechanics and using power tools.

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Step 1: Generator

This is the most important piece of equipment for your wind turbine DE.

Actually, it was the first thing I started to look for when I decided to build my own wind turbine.

I thought to buy a DC motor from any hardware store who sells this kind of motors as a spare part for any appliance and I thought to get them from eBay

( e.g dishwasher , blender ... etc ) .

If you couldn't find an old motor, you still have the option to buy a new one.

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Then I found an old blender motor that has a permanent magnet inside it.

The basic idea of this instructable evolves around that generator. When you have a DC motor, it can be used as a motor as well as a generator.

I used a 120V 2500rpm DC motor from Amazon.

The motor generates electricity when it is turned by hand.

I measured the output and found to be nearly 14 Volts on the Voltmeter.

If you don't have an old motor to use as a generator you can buy a new one from Amazon Here or from eBay Here.

I bought it from Amazon for another project and used it as a generator and it worked perfect.

Step 2: Material

This wind turbine is 100% recycled. I got all parts from scrap and used stuff.

It took me a long time to collect some of the materials used for building it, but you can just buy them or be lucky to find them easier than I did.

PVC pipe --------- > I found an old PVC pipe of suitable length to be used as turbine blades. ... UK

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5 CD roms ------- > I used old CD Roms and DVD as wind turbine hub.
I found out that CDs is thicker than DVDs.

Fax paper plastic roll ----- > used as a coupler between CD roms and motor shaft. .. UK

Some screws.

Some wires.

Old metallic rod used as a tower

Plastic tie raps

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Step 3: Tools

Step 4: Hub Assembly

I started by the turbine hub.

Cut the plastic fax tube to 5 cm long .

I put the plastic tube around the motor rotating shaft.

Use the sand paper in cdrom center to make the plastic tube fit into it.

Put CDroms and DVDs around the plastic pipe and motor shaft.

Step 5: Blades Assembly

I wanted to cut the turbine blades into the usual turbine blades shape.

I really liked the idea of using PVC pipe as a fan blade. I got this idea from the internet.

But when I got the old PVC pipe I stated by drawing the fan blade on a template to draw it on the PVC pipe.

Then I couldn't get the tools to cut pipe in the fine shape of the fan blade.

So I've chosen to make the easy way and cut the PVC pipe into straight three equal pieces using hot soldering iron.

But how are these pieces going to generate rotational motion from the wind.

I decided to install each blade on the hub so it becomes nearly perpendicular to the hub and the round shape of the pipe does the rest.

Step 6: Turbine Assembly

I installed the hub around the motor and secured them together using the fax paper plastic tube.

Then I cut the extra piece of plastic from the small plastic tube.

I drilled the metallic tube to install screws to fix the two tubes together.

I installed the turbine with its pole on the roof of my apartment.

It really rotates when the wind is fairly blowing.


I 'll make a battery charging circuit and connect a sealed Lead-Acid battery to make a steady supply power source.

The ready made wind turbine kit will always be a good option for me. Banggood

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    52 Discussions

    it is so easy to make.thank you

    vert nice. but how you connect the power to home appliances. is there any charge controller, battery backup and inverter you used?

    Simply amazing You are cordially invited to check my indestructible as well

    Very nice, good job. Thanks for the share. Semper Fi

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    This would be a perfect power source for a tree house ;)

    Interesting project. Makes me want to try to built one also :)
    How are the DVDs/CDs holding ? To me it seams to be the weak part of the assembly since they are (as far as I can remember) pretty fragile. I might use a round piece of wood instead. In Canada the winter cold might make them even more "breakable".

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    The inside of a cd rom has a couple metal plates the sizes of a dvd that may work for you.

    You're right. That would be a nice substitution.

    The F-22's cockpit made of polycarbonate - the same material CDs are made of. Therefore, I'd expect it to hold up pretty well in cold weather - it's quite cool at the altitudes the F-22 flies.

    It's UV radiation that gets to it, eventually, causing it to become brittle, so you might want to coat the CDs with some protective paint.

    You are right sir. It's true CDs can stand the cold pretty well. I always have a few of them in my car and in winter they won't break by themselves, even at -30°C.

    What worries me is more the combination of the cold, the material weakened by the peripheral holes drilled in the CDs and finally the stress caused by the blades pulling on those holes when the wind turbine is turning at high speed. The stress will be even worse if the turbine is not perfectly balanced.

    It's worth a try I suppose. For the sake of science :)

    The inside of a cd rom has a couple metal plates the sizes of a dvd that may work for you.

    The inside of a cd rom has a couple metal plates the sizes of a dvd that may work for you.

    You are right. They are not so much strong. But I used bolts to hold all five CDs together with the PVC pipe.

    The CD's may be too fragile, especially in cold weather, but they do give the system a failure point. If the tower is constructed to solidly, it would blow over and possible break the hard to find motor. With the CD's, only the props and rotor are destroyed in high winds (and anything they land on).

    Nice project. I look forward to further designs.

    Fun ible! Really good point about "failure point" as a stop-gap measure. It can apply to any project. It's fun to dive in & I'm the worst at wanting to finish in one sitting or weekend. But it's good to stop, stare, & ponder at where any project will be (rain, snow, cold, heat), what might hit it (gusts, limbs, bballs, kids, animals), what's the weakest link and can I repair/modify it without complete disassembly?

    An interesting motor is the motor from a microwave turntable. Not all of them are the same, but some of them are rated at 6-8 rpm. If you give it a good crank, it can put out like 400 volts. Not sure if that could be useful, or if you can use some gears to get the ratio down.


    2 years ago

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    Is there anyway to use an AC motor. I have about 20 of them that are going to the recycle-er.

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    You can use an AC motor, but to charge batteries etc you would need to convert the output to DC - it's doable though :-)