Wind generator

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by dragunovsks, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    Anybody ever built a wind generator? As some of you may know I'm restoring an antique tractor and one thing I plan on doing will be to convert it from 6 to 12 volt which involves swapping the factory generator for a 12 volt alternator. Just wondering if I could use the generator to build a wind generator, would be perfect to run a battery maintainer. Any thoughts?
     
  2. rocshaman

    rocshaman New Member

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    Found this article on the subject....

    Full article here, they do offer some solutions:

    http://otherpower.com/otherpower_wind_alternators.html

    Good luck
     

  3. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    I thought a generator was just a motor 'running backwards'. That is, for example, a fan whose blades are being turned by the wind would generate electricity.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    A generator is a DC motor running backwards. An AC motor does not work the same way.

    Matter of fact, you need a diode type circuit to keep stored current in the battery from flowing back into the generator, and having a big electric fan.

    Yes, you can make the blades for a wind generator from redwood or spruce (there IS an airfoil shape, not just a fan blade) or you can use a sail wing, or a Savonius rotor. But before stuffing a lot of time and money into that, determine how much power that generator will produce, and at what rpm (will need to gear way up).
     
  5. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    I would sell it on ebay... Working or not a old IHC generator is probably worth some $$$.... I sold a non-working generator (with the brackets) off a my 9N and got about $80 for it...
    The alternator kits usually come with the brackets, so you shouldnt need the old ones...
     
  6. hiwall

    hiwall Active Member

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    Small wind generators are not very practical(maybe not the big ones either).
     
  7. Vincine

    Vincine New Member

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    Practical?

    I've read that an 11 mph wind average is required for wind generators. How they can figure that without knowing what the cost of your instillation, generator, and grid power costs, etc., are I don’t know.
     
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