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is it possible to turn a three phase squirrel cage induction motor into a generator? Answered

Or even a single phase one?

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Actually, induction machines are commonly used in wind turbines, and they do not receive grid excitation. The trick is to connect the the stator to some capacitors - this will set up a resonance with the inductors and provide the magnetization necessary for generation.

Yes that is a better link - best wishes for yours - be sure to publish an Instructable eh? L