Wind turbines and solar paneling are just two of the many popular methods people have come up with for helping the environment and saving on energy. A DIY wind turbine is an option that will both harness the power of the wind to help you save on money and your carbon footprint as well as make a fun and productive project that will have great results for you. It’s not a simple project, but by following certain instructions very specifically you can make a sturdy, working wind turbine that will produce the clean green energy your house has needed.
There are DIY wind turbine kits available for purchase, and these can be just as good of an option as building a turbine from scratch. A kit might be an even better option for those who are less skilled with assembling and building units like these, and if you feel you are one of those people then you should seriously consider it. However you can save a great deal of money if you make it yourself, and on top of those savings you will get a great feeling of fulfillment once you have finished.
You will need a few components for your DIY wind turbine. A generator and battery and diode kit are two of the essentials that you will need. The generator will create the energy, and the battery will store it. The diode makes sure the power doesn’t go back to power the generator when the wind isn’t blowing. You will also need PVC piping, various saws, drills, and bolts, a steel pipe, and a plumbing floor flange.
You should begin by creating the blades of the turbine out of the PVC. Cut the pipe in a certain way so that the turbine blades are curved and will catch the wind properly. If you need more specific instructions and can’t figure it out yourself, look it up online. Connect these securely to the hub of the turbine at equal intervals of 1/3 of the hub. Wood clamps work well for connecting the hub to the blades. Set this aside for mounting later.
You will also need to make the turbine mounting, which you will create from a 2 by 4. Cut about 32 from it, and screw a piece of sheet metal of 1 foot by 1.5 feet on one end. Using another piece of sheet metal make a housing by bending it around the generator. Clamp this onto the front end of the 2 by 4. Make sure the balance is good. Attach the blade and hub to the shaft coming up from the generator, and then connect the wiring from the generator to the battery as the manual directs. You will need a sturdy way to set up the finished turbine, and making a base might be a good idea. Make sure there is no way for water to get into your turbine and ruin the generator or battery. You will also need to check the wires everyone once in a while to ensure that they are not getting entangled or messed up in any way.
DIY Wind Turbine
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