Anyone using wind turbines for power?

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by gypsymama, May 5, 2006.

  1. gypsymama

    gypsymama Well-Known Member

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    I have a lot of questions :

    how well do they work?

    what kind you would recommend?

    how difficult is it to change to one of these?

    will one do or is it better to get two?

    Is there a way to measure the wind?

    Can you change it's direction depending on where the wind is coming from?

    We get a pretty good breeze and have open space for one.

    Thanks
     
  2. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    Go to the Alternative energy forum. There are a couple there.
     

  3. gypsymama

    gypsymama Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, will do.
     
  4. thedonkeyman

    thedonkeyman Well-Known Member

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    Have wanted to play with a design I have for a Wind Mill and use an alternator of an old truck to see if I could figure out how to make 12 volts. I could use some thoughts on this. The type of Wind mill is one of those kind that uses sail sleaves and a cable that goes all the way round. I thought I would use four sails 10 foot long. The sails are like pant legs, with the smallest ends up.
     
  5. wilderness1989

    wilderness1989 Well-Known Member

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    You might search the Mother Earth magazine it seems to me that I remember the hippies back in the 1970's using car/truck alternators and they said they wore very out quickly. :cowboy:
     
  6. woodspirit

    woodspirit Well-Known Member

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    I would also check into RV places too. I've seen them on boats and campers.
     
  7. Dahc

    Dahc Don't Tase me, bro!?!

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    The alternator will have to have a permanent magnet conversion if that's what you want to use. If you're handy with tools and have 100-300$ laying around, you could build your own alt that would be much better suited to producing power from wind.

    I would suggest this site and their forum . Between these two sites, you can learn just about anything you want to know about producing your own power from wind.