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Old 06-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Home made wind turbine

This guy made his own wind turbine for recharging a camping battery:
http://www.mdpub.com/Wind_Turbine/index.html

He also has a homemade 60 watt solar panel (there's a link to how he did it in the text).
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Old 06-11-2012, 03:31 PM   #2
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That guy used an electric motor for the generator, and he had good results. Motors are not the best to use as generators though.

A popular way to make one is with an old GM alternator available at most junkyards for $30 or so. It will make around 1000 watts in a strong wind plus it is regulated for charging a car battery and is easily serviced. They already have pulleys attached if you want to belt drive it.

The rain might ruin that guy's motor, he should put it in a pvc drain pipe housing.
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