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Saturday, October 30, 2010
3 Obvious Reasons to Consider Wind Generators For Home Use
If you are looking for a way to save on your monthly electric bill and help save the environment at the same time, then you should consider the option of getting wind generators for home use.
We have all heard about the extreme negative effects of using fossil fuels like coal and gas can have on air pollution (ie. the depletion of the ozone layer). But the fact that for those in a high wind area, wind power can significantly reduce (and in many cases totally eliminate) an individuals electric bill.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Learning How to Build a Wind Generator
For those individuals searching for methods to prevent paying cash to a utility organization forever, learning how to build a wind generator is the very best choice you can make. Not only is there the possibility of becoming totally independent, but when the world is suffering from the emissions of coal and gas powered plants, a renewable power energy source is really the best step to creating a greener planet.
Why wind power? Well, it's totally free and obtainable to more than 90 per cent of the USA - unless tall buildings and geographical functions prevent access to a steady breeze. Learning how to build a wind generator is fairly basic and also the price is really much less than a lot of individuals believe.
Wind Generators For Home Use - What Homeowners Need to Know About Residential Wind Power
When most people think about the idea of using wind generators for home use, the image that first comes to mind are those rows and rows of giant wind turbines. And for most people, it's this image that causes them to shy away from the possibility of using wind energy themselves.
Fortunately, residential wind power has come a long way in recent years. These advancements in technology have resulted in wind turbines being much smaller in size, as well as multiplying the efficiency of collecting and storing wind power. It's these improvements that have made wind power accessible and feasible to most home owners.
Monday, September 6, 2010
How Do Wind Generators Work?
Wind generators or wind turbines are utilized for a number of factors however the primary reasons would be to produce power in the wind. This might sound challenging but it is feasible. You encounter power in the wind anytime somebody runs past you rapidly.
A second after they pass, you are able to really feel the wind that was produced. This wind which you experienced, if created in large enough quantities, could be converted into power. You might have observed the tall wind turbines standing in the fields whenever you drive by.
There is the older classic design windmill that was used to crush grain when the windmill blades would turn, the blades would turn a mechanism which was attached to some device that would crush grain for flour. You will find a number of various areas which are ideal for generating wind energy and based on where these places are, will depend on how much power is generated.
Wind Generators For Home Use - What You NEED to Know About Residential Wind Power
If you are tired of rising energy costs, you're not alone! Fortunately, the cost of harnessing renewable energy sources such as wind power has dropped dramatically in recent years because of advances in the technology.
Generous federal and state tax credits and rebates have also helped to increase interest in wind generators for home use. By powering your home with a wind generation system, not only are you able to lower your energy bill significantly, but you are helping to save the environment at the same time.
When most people hear the term "wind generator" it conjures images of mammoth towers hundreds of feet tall. The reality is that wind generators for home use are significantly smaller and more attractive than they used to be.
A typical small windmill may stand only 30 or 40 feet tall and have a two or three blade rotor with a diameter of around 8 to 25 feet. These wind generators are usually built on a guyed-lattice tower, although more expensive free standing models are also available.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Building a Wind Generator - Some Tips to Build a Wind Power Generator
Wind generator can be used to capture wind energy, which can be transformed into electricity. There are some basic steps that need to be followed to construct a wind generator. This is an alternative and best way to generate electricity.
Some of the simple steps that need to be followed to build a wind generator includes:
- If the wind generator has to function properly it has to be positioned in such a way, so that it is able to receive maximum winds. So it has to be positioned some 20 feet higher.
- You must also make sure that the place chosen does not include trees that are capable of blocking the direct sunlight.
- Batteries can be used to store the excess electricity produced. Mostly rechargeable batteries are preferred.
Wind Generators For Home Use - Why You Should Own a Home Wind Generator
Wind generators for home use are becoming more popular for many home owners because they are an excellent means to supplement your energy use. Having a well built quality wind generator for home can save you a fortune on electricity and can possibly supplement your whole house electricity. You can either choose to purchase a manufactured wind turbine generator or build your very own homemade wind turbine. Whatever choice you make, building a homemade energy source is quite easy and will save you hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars buying one at your local retailer.
Advantages of wind power generators for home use
First of all there could be many benefits of owning a home wind power generator but here are 3 points why homeowners should go green and install wind generators outside their homes.
1) Reduce power outages - Home wind power generators could possible reduce the amount of electricity generated by power utility companies. In many countries power outages are common due to exceeding power generation capacity.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Homemade Wind Generators - Tips and Plans to Go the DIY Way
Homemade wind generators are the right solution as an affordable renewable energy source. Building a wind generator may be a daunting task if uninitiated to DIY or lacking technical knowledge, however this can be overcome with a good plan of action and the aid of a wind turbine design.
First of all, it should be found out whether a wind power unit is the right solution for your household electrical energy as opposed to solar power units. To do so, a wind resource assessment can help you decide for a wind turbine.
A wind resource assessment is based on Wind Power Density, which is the annual power available per square meter of turbine area. If you do not have a clue on how to get this information, check out NREL (National Renewable Energy Lab). They have maps for any particular area to help you decide on the feasibility of the project.
Once established that a homemade wind generator suits your purposes, check out ground clearance for mast positioning, as the blades should be as clear of obstacles as they can for optimal efficiency. The higher the blades, the stronger the wind, however a very tall mast requires an exponential amount of materials to build it, making it preferable to construct several smaller and shorter wind generators to contain costs and as a safety back up, should one fail.
Homemade wind generators of 1000 to 3000 watt can cost as little as $150 to $220 and take a weekend for construction. Materials can be purchased at a local hardware store or delivered by mail. The main components of a wind generator are: a steel pipe mast and its rigging, a nacelle (containing the motor), a Dc motor, the blades, a battery bank for the generator and possibly a DC motor analyzer software for maximum efficiency.
The blades can be either purchased or even made cheaply in few hours. Normally they are designed in a 3 blade set up to contain construction costs while providing good conversion of wind power into kinetic power.
To protect the blades and the mast from sudden, strong gusts, the windmill should have a cheap yet effective spring loaded system to allow the blades furling, which means the blades turn their edge to the wind beyond a certain resistance so as to minimize it and avoid breaking.
To allow the windmill to turn the blades facing the wind and get constant power, a simple tail will do the job. There is no need for complicated hydraulics or motor assisted mechanics like in large farm windmills. An important aspect of homemade wind generators is the battery bank to store energy from the generator. These can be found free or cheaply from old fork lift trucks and recycled back into life.
To do so it may be necessary to build also a homemade de-sulfator to pulse the battery back into action. This may seem like a complication, but a bonus point of making a de-sulfator is that these old forklift batteries can be recycled systematically and sold for profit as a stand alone business on top of the electricity savings, not just for the generator.
A DC motor analyzer software should also be complementary to a good wind generator design, providing critical data to optimize efficiency. It all sounds like a lot of hard work to do and it might even be, but it can save you $ thousands over ready made windmills. In fact, homemade wind generators avoid the hefty initial investment of ready made kits that could take a very long time to recover, while saving on electricity bills just as well.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Build a Wind Generator - How to Make Your Own
We figured learning how to build a wind generator was our best option to make power for our off grid home.
We found some great wind generator plans too.
Our choice was a hard one. We could either diversify our Renewable Energy System, a choice between hydro power from our small stream or put up a wind generator. We also had the option to just buy more solar panels. We decided to learn how to build a wind generator and here is why - You may want to build your own too.
There are times of the year when even a hundred solar panels and 10 times our present battery storage would not run our home. In the fall and winter the sun may not shine for weeks at a time.
Thus, no power is produced from the solar panels, no matter how many we would have. We really wanted to smooth out the wrinkles in our charging cycle as well as produce more power for our home, that meant adding more solar panels just wouldn't work for us.
Hydro power is probably the most cost effective option if you have enough running water with an adequate drop to produce power. Water power will produce 24/7, but we had a problem with this option. From November until April our stream freezes solid and in order to produce power we need running water. Unless we could figure out a way to run ice through the hydro turbine that is.
That left us with the wind generator option. A quick assessment of our site told us we had wind energy potential. Open space and a site that was free of obstructions for over 300 yards. We would only need a 40 foot tower to get up to the good wind.
So, we started shopping for a wind generator. The wind definitely went out of our sales, so to speak, when we started looking at the price of new and used wind turbines.
During our search for a wind power turbine a friend of ours suggested why not build one. He had done just that recently with some plans he had downloaded from a website called Homemade Wind Generator. We took a look at the nice job he had done on his wind generator and decided to download our own plans.
We learned how to build a wind generator that cost us less than $100, including the small cost of the plans (still under $20), but compared to the price in the thousands for a new or used wind generator to meet our needs it was a real bargain. The plans were simple and easy to follow and provided sources for all of the material we would need. Isn't it time you built your own.
Once we knew where to look, the DC motor used for a generator was quickly located, as well as the free PVC pipe we used for the blades. Our family is quite happy learning how to build it and It produces about 1000 watts of power at 24 volts. We have plans to build a wind generator for the front yard next.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Wind Generator Plans - DIY
With more of us realizing that energy prices are headed nowhere but up we've decided to take measures to reduce our energy bill. The problem is that renewable energy still costs an arm, leg, and your spleen to get. That's why we decided to build our own renewable energy system starting with a wind generator. We figured that would be the most cost effective way to generator a lot of electricity.
The problem was we needed some wind generator plans. The first plans that we bought seemed to be by a guy that wanted to prove that he was smarter than us. We couldn't understand a single thing he was talking about.
The next couple sets of plans that we bought were too simplistic to be of any real use. That's when we decided that we should develop our own wind generator plans to help the average person build a wind generator.
The problem, according to many people is that it seems like such a complicated project. I mean, your putting up a wind generator that you built yourself. All of those parts have to come together and it has to work. That's what seems daunting.
It's a lot easier if you think of a generator somewhat like separate modules. You have a bunch of little things that you have to build. Each part doesn't take a long time, but it's quite easy. As soon as you take this step building your wind generator seems like a piece of cake.
Let's start with the blades and hub. This is a fairly straightforward task and only involves a little cutting with a jig saw and some drilling. You'll need some 8" PVC pipe which gets measured and cut. I did say PVC pipe... we discovered that cut right it works great as blades.
You'll need to sand them down and coat them with some UV protective paint as sunlight makes PVC brittle. We snapped a couple blades before we figured this out. The blades get mounted to the hub (usually a pulley) and you've finished them.
The body can be made from leftover PVC that you have from building the blades. The motor gets mounted in the one end and the tail gets mounted in the other end. The body's main job is to keep water out of the motor. On the bottom of the body you'll need to mount a flange. Attached to the flange is some 2" steel pipe. This allows your wind generator to be mounted to your tower.
Your tower is simply an old TV tower. We discovered this quite by accident actually. I was at a friends helping him re-shingle his house and climbed down the TV tower to the ground because the ladder fell down. It hit me... these were very strong and I could probably get it for free.
He gave it to me because he'd switched to satellite a couple years ago. You'll need to dig a foundation and pour some concrete in it to mount the tower, but it's not really that hard. All you need to make sure of is that your tower is level... no leaning towers here.
Once your tower is up, climb up and mount your wind generator (TV towers conveniently have a 2" hole in the top for mounting). It seems to be the law that whenever you're working on a wind generator it's never windy so you might need to wait a couple days before any wind comes by.
That's pretty much it... simple wind generator plans can make the task much easier than you think it is.
I built my own solar panels and a wind generator and saved well over $30,000. I get a cheque from the power company because I produce more energy than I use. If you'd like to learn how you can do the same check out Wind Generator Plans.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Home-Built Wind Generator Power - What You Need to Know
The majority of people who are researching residential wind power are looking for an answer to a particular question on renewable energy such as information on home-built wind generator power, do it yourself wind turbines or vertical wind turbines.
Homebuilt wind generators come in many differing shapes and sizes from vertical wind generators through to the single blade wind turbine however all have one common goal and that is to produce wind power energy. The following is important information that you should know before considering which wind generator is the right choice for you.
Can you build your own wind power generator?
You bet! And the best news is that you don't have to be Tim 'the tool man' Taylor to take on a project like this either. Building your own home wind turbine is something that can be done on sliding scale from small wind turbines that power small appliances all of the way through to large wind turbines that can power entire communities.
I have had many people send me pictures of their completed residential wind turbines who have had almost no experience in construction or do it yourself projects.
What type of wind generator is right for me?
Ultimately this question can only be answered by you. The most common turbine for home wind generators is the Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine. The Horizontal Wind Generator is usually constructed as a pole that raises a three or four blade fan into the sky.
The Vertical Wind Turbine is also becoming a more common wind turbine design for residential wind power configurations due to the way the turbine blades spin. The vertical axis turbine is comprised of a center pole with blades that spin on a vertical axis meaning that it will require less room to operate when compared to the horizontal wind turbine.
What does a home-built wind generator cost?
Wind turbines can be constructed out of a range of materials that can be found at your local hardware store. You can build your own wind turbines for as little as $100 using the easy to follow wind turbine below which will take you step by step on the way to building your own wind generator.
Still not sure if residential wind power is right for you?
The best suggestion that I can make to you is to have a look at how simple these wind generator plans are and simply have a go. The materials to produce homebuilt wind generator power are inexpensive and the construction time is minimal - why not invite your friends around and start a wind turbine project?
You'll end up saving a huge amount of money on your electricity bills and will have your own home-built wind generator to be proud of. Get started on your new turbine with our easy to follow wind turbine plans.
Barry Lee is the author of the popular wind power website Residential Wind Power which provides fantastic information on vertical wind turbines and wind generators for home use.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
How to Build a Wind Generator - DIY Wind Power For Your Home
Why would you want to learn how to build a wind generator for use at home?
Although there are a wide range of benefits that are acquired from creating wind energy at home, the two most important reasons of learning how to build a wind generator are financial and environmental.
Financial, because of the horrendous free fall of the economy and its effect on our pockets and environmental, because if we don't start helping ourselves, our planet will be changed forever as we know it. If we could all make diy wind power for home use, we could in some way help ourselves on both fronts.
It would be impossible to explain how to build wind generator in this short article but this is how you basically go about making one.
Note. At point 6, if you want to add solar energy to give you another source of free electricity, it can be connected to the charge regulator to boost your power. Good quality plans will not only give you the blueprints on how to build wind generator, but will also include plans on how to build a solar power system as an added bonus.
Diy wind power and solar power blueprints cost about $50 or so and explain how to build your alternative energy systems for as little as $200 each. With the cost of pre constructed wind generators starting at $600, good reliable ones at $2000, several diy wind power systems could be made for the same cost plus the blueprints are always there for you.
They can be fantastic projects to carry out with family, are a lot of fun to make and are totally satisfying to complete. There are many good motives to build your own wind generator and solar systems but hardly any reasons not to.
Make use of the free, environmentally friendly and renewable resources the surround us and don't let them go to waste.http://www.homemadewindturbineplans.com
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Sunday, November 22, 2009
DIY Wind Generator For Cheap and Uninterrupted Power
Wind is a type of solar energy. The irregular heating of the atmosphere by the sun, the irregularities of the earth's surface plus rotation of the earth causes winds. This wind flow or wind energy when "harvested" by modern wind turbines can be used to generate electricity.
DIY Wind Generator: Principals behind the working
When wind moves over the turbine blades, it generates a lift. The lift makes the blades rotate and hence rotate the shaft. The rotating shaft moves a magnetic field in the generator which in turn creates electricity.
Wind turbine include following parts:
- Gearbox - Gear box connects the low and high-speed shaft to each other
- Blades - wind blowing over the blades causes them to lift and rotate
- Hub - the sphere object used to mount the blades on
- Generator - Generator creates at least 60-cycle AC electricity
- Tower - Tower is the metal pole the turbine operates from. Tower is at least 100 feet off the ground so that the turbine can capture the least turbulent wind
- Rotor hub - Rotor hub is the hub and hold the blades together
- Yaw drive - Yaw drive is required only for an upwind turbine; it keeps the rotor facing the wind
- Yaw motor - It provides power for the yaw drive
- Nacelle - Nacelle sits on top of the tower and clings to the gear box
- Low-speed shaft - It is turned by the rotor at a rate of 30 to 60 rotations every minute
- High-speed shaft - It connects to the generator and drives it
- Anemometer -Anemometer is used to measures the speed of the wind
DIY Wind Generator: How it works
Wind turbine generates electricity by spinning a generator. This generator is connected to the rotor, which is made up of three blades, which is then attached to a tower. To make the turbine face the wind, the rotor has a tail, which works as weather vain.
Our DIY Wind Generator is generally an electric motor. While the coils in the motor spins past the magnets, an electric current is produced. The power which is produced is stored in batteries, which are then connected to an inverter that changes the DC to AC, which can then be used to power your home.
DIY Wind Generator: Where to Place Them?
Preferably you should put your wind turbine where it's going to catch the maximum of wind. This implies that fewer the obstacles around your wind turbine the better it would be. The higher you can put your wind turbine the greater electrical output you will get.
Take care not to put wind generators right next to your house or under a tree. Try to find a place where the wind whips all the way through, and that's the place for your wind turbine.
DIY Wind Generator: Size of wind generator
As different Sizes of wind generator requires different Start speeds. So it is very important to consider the start speeds, which depends on the size of the wind generators. Larger wind generator starts at higher speeds in comparison to the smaller wind generator which requires lesser speed.
Wind generator generates electricity only when they spin. You should rather have two smaller output wind generators spinning than one larger one sitting stationary.
So opt on to wind energy which is inexhaustible, cheapest and eco-friendly renewable source of energy.
Ralph Somers, editor of DIY Wind Generator Forum.