Wind Turbine Made of Plastic Bottles

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Intro: Wind Turbine Made of Plastic Bottles

If you still haven't started yet to build your own wind turbine then I can tell you that you are missing a lot of fun.

Here is just another trial for making a super simple wind turbine from household materials which can be found in nearly any normal home.

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Step 1: Collect the Material

Plastic is the most abundant, cheap and unwanted man-made material. You can find it anywhere and for free. Plastic PET bottles used as one time water containers make good candidates for DIY projects.

You feel happy when you recycle those useless bottles into something new and environmentally friendly.

I've seen many DIY wind turbine blades made from PVC pipes. They are durable and reliable. But they are somewhat expensive and need power tools for cutting.

I've tried to make this wind turbine blades using a large water PET bottle. I thought this kind of bottle would be suitable for making wind turbine blades because of its large curvature diameter.

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Step 2: Cut the Blades

I used a knife to cut three blade as follows:

Cut the bottle top and bottle bottom.

Then shape the blades by cutting diagonal and vertical lines for each blades.

Now you've got three simple turbine blades with fair curvature.

Get a round piece of plastic to act as a hub.

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Step 3: Hub and Blades Connections

Now You need to assemble the blades in their final shapes.

Put all blades and hub together and then make holes using a soldering iron or a heated nail.

Now connect the turbine blades with the hub using 1 mm copper wire.

You can do so by stitching the blades to the hub using the copper wire through the holes you made before.

Now you can connect the wires together so they cannot be broken.

Here you have the fan consisting of the blades and the hub.

Let's get to another assembly step.

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Step 4: Assemble the Generator Pole

Now you need to make the energy production part. That's the generator pole.

The generator pole consists of the generator, pole, rudder and generator insulation.

Generator ... 120 V DC Motor/Generator (permanent magnet motor)

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Pole ... old steel pole to hold the motor/generator

Rudder ... old piece of metal(I used old CD Rom drive cover) to move the pole according to the wind direction.

Generator insulation ... Old Plastic bottle to cover the motor/generator and isolate it from environmental conditions to reduce corrosive effects.

I used plastic tie raps to connect all parts together.

Then I connected the motor/generator terminals to a long cable to get the output voltage.

Now you have the generator pole ready.

Step 5: Connect the Generator

Now it's time to connect the major component in your turbine, the generator/motor to your fan.

This motor has a shaft with holes on its diameter to be connected to other shafts and rotating connections.

I used those holes to insert 1 mm copper wires to connect the hub to the motor shaft. This copper wire can be sufficient for average speed winds.

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Step 6: Test in the Wind

Now that you have a full fledged wind turbine made out of recycled materials, you need the most important resource to test your new product, Wind...

When you see the wind blowing in your balcony, bring your turbine and start testing it.

You can test the wind turbine using a small electrical load like a small lamp or an LED. You can also use it to charge your smartphone.

Or you can use a Multi-meter to chart the power VS. wind curves.

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