How to Build Your Own Home Wind Generator
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 work space, generator plan, digital voltage meter and tools such as wrenches, saws, drills and electrical pliers.
Step 1 - Components of a Home Wind Generator
- Wind generator diode
Step 2 - Blades for a 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 - 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 - 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 determines the size of the motor. A good motor is rated at 40 volts.
Step 5 - 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 - 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 - 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 ten foot sections to move and rebuild at your site.
Step 8 - 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 - 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.
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