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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

DIY Wind Generator for $150 (50-250watt)

Saw this article. For those interested in moving (or living) off the grid, now you can afford to make your own wind farm for less than $1000.


http://www.thekevdog.com/projects/wind_generator/

For the treadmill motor I recommend Craigslist.

Tools Required

* Jigsaw (or a hacksaw and a lot of determination)
* Drill
* (2) Drill Bits (1/2", 7/32")
* Tape Measure
* Crescent Wrench
* Pipe Wrench
* Protractor (to measure angles for the hub)
* Sandpaper (various grits)

Parts Required

* 10" x 14" Steel Sheet
* 10" x 1/4" Steel Nipple
* 1-1/4" Floor Flange
* 36" x 1" Square Tubing
* 1/2" Bore Circular Sawblade (for hub)
* 5/8" x 1/2" Arbor (to attach sawblade to motor shaft)
* (2) Metal Straps
* 8" x 4" PVC Pipe
* 30" x 8" PVC Pipe (6" pipe works well too)
* A DC Permanent Magnet Motor (preferably Ametek 30V or 260V 5A treadmill motor)
* (8) 1/4" Bolts (with washers and nuts)
* (2) 1/4" Sheet Metal Screws
* 10-40 Amp Diode (the bigger the better)

Original: http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?t=5761