Right now, there are millions of people around the world turning more and more to renewable energy sources that they can tap at home. One extremely popular and not too hard way to way to do so is to create your own homemade wind turbine.
And while doing so might sound complex and expensive, home made wind power and wind turbine kits are cheaper than you think and the cost can be offset against your reduced energy bills, making it relatively advantageous for just about anyone.
There are many wind turbine kits and guides available out there for putting a wind turbine together. Just do an online search or check wind turbine kit for homes on Amazon
But if you would rather go it alone there is a great book called Homebrew Wind Power available on Amazon.
What You’ll Need To Build A Wind Turbine:
The materials you’ll need for your home made wind turbine include the following:
- 12″ Steel Disks
- Template for Magnet Mounting
- Grade n50 Magnets (10-15)
- Base Form
- Copper Wire – 14 Gauge enameled wire in 2 parallel strands is best
- Pipes and Wheel Bearings for Bearing Assembly
- Blades – These can be made from wood, metal, or a hybrid material of your choice.
The list above is general for a specific reason as homemade wind turbines are complex pieces of machinery that you should be sure you understand before undertaking. Things like magnets and electrical systems need to be carefully monitored or handled before putting them together.
Making Your Homemade Wind Turbine from Scratch
If you realy don’t want to use a kit, here are the steps you will need to create your own wind turbine:
- Start out by creating your Magnet Disks. These should be created with the steel disks and at least 10 grade n50 magnets. Set the magnets on the disks and hold them there with a strong adhesive. They need to be firmly in place. These disks will be used for your coils later on.
- Next, you will need to build your coil disk, which will include upwards of 10 individual coils soldered together and encased in resin. Upwards of 35 turns of wire will get the job done. The coil disk is the wire wrapped around the magnet disks. Wrap your wire directly around each of the 10 magnets until they are completely surrounded. Once they are surrounded (and carefully tied), encase them in the resin to be sure everything stays in position.
- Your bearing assembly should be next. Use the wheel bearings in conjunction with your pipes to create the turning parts that will transmit the wind energy to the magnets and wires. Basically, fit the bearings to the ends of the pipes and connect the pipes together until you have two rotating pieces that will charge the magnets.
- The least complex sounding process can be the hardest – that of constructing the blades. These should be cut at a 10 degree angle and be around 2-3″ by 6-7″. They need to be the right shape and mold to catch the wind and work in unison. One option is to order them separately, but this can make the project much more expensive if you are not careful.
- Once you finish the different parts, you will bolt it together and get it running.
Keep in mind that a homemade wind turbine will generally not replace your normal sources of energy – only support it. Also, if you are unsure or completely untrained with electrical work, you may want to hire or find an electrician to help out with the wiring part – just to be safe.