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Can a hard drive motor be used to generate electricty? Answered

I have built a small Lenz type VAWT and wanted to used a hard drive motor I had laying around since it has great bearings and a the disc provide a great way to mount the air foils.  I believe it would generate 3 phase power but I am not sure how to wire it.  three of the six wires have continuity - are there three specific coils?  I have no information on the motor itself.  Would the motor have to spin at high speeds to really generate anything?

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.Unknown.

6 years ago

Well there is this "windbelt" that you can make with the hard drive...
https://www.instructables.com/group/windbelt/
It'll generate small amounts of power, maybe enough to light a couple of LEDs

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steveastrouk

6 years ago

Yes, it would have to spin at VERY high speeds to generate anything.

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rickharris

6 years ago

Yes as can any permanent magnet motor.