Wind Mill (vertical Axis Wind Turbine)




About: Former novelty inventor. I have had some great successes and none of them are financial. I have built and contributed on more than 100 creations. I am transitioning more into a mentor role and I help others ...

Students of Drafting and Engineering at Truckee Meadows Community College (T.M.C.C) build their own version of a vertical axis windmill. The plans were drawn by using the free student versions of AutoCAD / Inventor offered by AutoDesk to students of the school.

The goal was to make it out of the most affordable parts from any hardware store. This was made with 2 sheets of plywood, 11 2x4's, 2 PVC pipes, paint, skate bearings, bolts and screws and cost less than 200$ per unit without the generator (300$). The reason for the size was that the generator was 'high output' and could barely be turned by hand, if you choose to use a car alternator, then you should downsize this design and switch to metal flashing. I hope to have a link for files soon.

If you are in RENO, I recommend the drafting program for 3D AutoCAD. It will help you design and create whatever you like to build.



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    10 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Looks like a fun project! What motor did you use? What was the wind like that day and what kind of voltage/current were you getting out of it then? I had bought two 'homemade' wind generators off ebay a number of years ago but only got useful voltage if i put them in series and we had really high wind :(


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Very interested in creating turbine like this. where can I get the plans


    3 years ago on Introduction

    When will the plans be available?

    greets leo from the Netherlands


    4 years ago on Introduction

    When will the plans be available?? I am looking in ways to power out buildings.


    Thank you for watching.

    We are still waiting for the paperwork. I appologize. The plans were in a format that was not user freindly for everyone. I will try to speed up the editing process.

    In the mean time, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I think the video is really useful to help you design your own as well.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    You can add some realism to this project by trying to solve the reliability issue of dirt getting into the thrust bearing. Or you can solve the maintainability problem of quickly replacing a dirty bearing that has frozen the rotor.