How to Build Your Own Home Wind Generator

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  • 6-8 hours
  • Advanced
  • 300-500
What You'll Need
Blades
Body
Motor
Hub
Tail
Tower
Batteries
Wind generator diode

Building your own home wind generator is possible with good plans and knowing what you need for construction.

To get started working on your home wind generator you will need a workspace, generator plan, digital voltage meter, and tools such as wrenches, saws, drills, and electrical pliers.

Step 1 - Gather Components of a Home Wind Generator

Before starting anything else, gather your materials.

Step 2 - Add Blades for the Home Wind Generator

The blades are connected to the hub. You can construct your own or purchase them. Cedar is a good choice for wood blades. It is strong, flexible, and holds up to the weather. Some people prefer to use PVC pipe but it can crack in cold conditions.

Step 3 - Construct the Body for a Home Wind Generator

Recycled double-wall stainless steel chimney pipe is ideal for the body of a home wind generator. It is a weather-resistant material and will protect the wind generator motor.

Step 4 - Get the Motor for a Home Wind Generator

The generator is actually a direct current (DC) motor. You need a motor that is rated for high DC voltage, low rotation per minute (RPM), and high current. How big your home wind generator blades are determine the size of the motor. A good motor is rated at 40 volts.

Step 5 - Create a Home Wind Generator Hub

Use any kind of circular piece of steel. A circular saw blade will work as a hub. The blades and motor for a home wind generator are bolted to the hub.

Step 6 - Create a Home Wind Generator Tail

The tail keeps the home wind generator directed towards the wind. Use the same material for the tail as you do for the body, stainless steel chimney pipe.

Step 7 - Build a Tower for a Home Wind Generator

You can purchase a tower, make your own, or use a recycled television (TV) tower. A TV tower is a perfect option. They range from 30 to 50 feet and you can easily disassemble them into 10-foot sections to move and rebuild at your site.

Step 8 - Install Batteries for a Home Wind Generator

Batteries are necessary for harnessing the energy produced from your home wind generator. Place the batteries where they are accessible for monitoring. A wall meter will allow you to quickly see if the batteries are charging. Keep in mind when storing batteries they sensitive to extreme hot and cold temperatures. A thick wire should connect the batteries to the wind generator. An inverter hooked up to the batteries runs alternating current (AC) power to outlets in your home.

Step 9 - Check Wind Generator Diode

The wind generator diode allows you to check that the current is flowing in the right direction. The current should always run into the batteries, not into the wind generator.