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Build Your Own Wind Generator

Updated on March 4, 2016

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Build Your Own Wind Generator for $200

As interest increases in home wind power, many people are discovering that purchasing a professional installation can be a costly business with numbers reaching the thousands of dollars.

If you are at all handy with tools and equipment, why not build your own wind generator?

The cost is a fraction of what you will pay for a professional system. Many DIYers are setting up their own wind turbines for perhaps two hundred dollars. They report that their hand made wind power generator is completely adequate for their requirements.

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Tip: Start With a Plan for your DIY Wind Turbine

You could start from scratch and plan the entire project yourself. However, why not learn from the mistakes and successes of other people who have installed their windmills themselves?

You are likely to save yourself a lot of hassle when you have a step by step guide to follow, instead of discovering what works and what doesn't by trial and error.

Various plans are available for download on the web sites. Some are free; others charge a small amount.

The better ones usually cost a little but you end up working from a set of thoroughly tested plans and may even have video tutorials to show you exactly how to proceed

What Basic Components Must You Have?

A small number of collected parts and components are all you need.  DIY wind turbines are simple machines.

Your first step is to construct the blades.   Rather than fabricating the blades personally, all you need to do is acquire some PVC piping. Slice this piping lengthwise into quarters. You now have the trio of blades you need as well as an extra one should a bladed need replacing later on.

Once your blades are ready, you must locate a motor. You may be able to find a used motor on eBay or other auction site.  Perhaps you can even find one that is free, but please ensure it is in good shape.   The motor that you incorporate into your wind power system will become the generator. It will be operating in reverse.

Your third item that you require is a deep cycle battery. If you look around, you may be able to find a good, used battery at a budget price or perhaps even free. Golf courses often have old batteries that they may let you have.

What Assembly is Involved When You Build Your Own Wind Generator?

When you have acquired your blades, your motor and your battery, the next step of building your own wind generator is to assemble these components.  You may need some extra items other than that listed above and of course you will need some tools.

At this point, you just decide where you want to mount your wind turbine. Some homeowners mount their turbines on the roof or on a wall. Some place them on a large stand and mount them on the ground.  As you may expect, your choice of location is based on where your machine will generate the optimum amount of electricity.

Conducting a wind survey will give you this information.  To do you survey, you need an instrument known as an anemometer. This gives you far more accurate information than you will get by referring to general data about average wind speeds throughout the region.  

It is entirely possible that a number of factors are distinctive in your vicinity.  You need to take these factors into account when doing your wind analyses.

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    • lime light power profile image

      lime light power 6 years ago from NY NY

      Great to have more people contributing to environmental knowledge and efforts. Having found your hub and reading through it I thought it might be useful to provide a link to one that I wrote addressing the pro's and con's of DIY -

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver

      Thank you for your kind words.

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      Michael Jay 7 years ago

      Great hubs! This is a very informative and useful hub. Thanks for sharing your ideas.