DIY Wind Power for the Beginner – Tips and Plans
If you can’t use solar in your area or only partially, why not give wind power a try? I’ve put together some tips on how to get started, some DIY kits, some store bought kits and something for the more advanced.
First off, we’re not talking about those enormous windmill type wind generators; we’re talking about home made, backyard and small scale types.
Secondly, there are other types of wind generators then the standard windmill types; some are quite small and ingenious!
So let’s get started with how to build a wind turbine.
How To Build A Wind Turbine
The folks over at Wiki How.com have put together a 4 step guide on getting started and consists of the following:
- Planning your wind turbine
- Assembling the wind turbine head
- Building the tower
- Erecting the wind turbine
Before you start, be sure and check the planning laws in your area! Also, don’t skip the planning stage. It’s first on the list for a reason!
Just to give you a taste for what building a home made wind turbine is like, here is how one person built theirs.
Note that both of these methods are for a traditional looking windmill type wind turbine.
Now that you have a basic idea of what’s involved, here is a much more detailed look at building your own.
If space or planning permission is an issue, go vertical!
Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Maybe you’re restricted by space or planning permission to put up a traditional looking windmill type turbine. If so, take a look at these vertical axis type turbines.
Here’s a link to a PDF download where you can get complete instructions and parts list to build the above vertical axis wind turbine.
And here’s a video on how to build a low budget version.
If you’re really stuck for space or restricted by planning permission, never fear, there are other ways! Go roof top!
Roof Top Wind Turbines
Technology is always advancing and people are looking for new ways to generate power. So, someone came up with roof top wind turbines.
Can’t build any of the traditional style wind turbines in your area? Here’s a video explaining roof top wind turbines.
Now that I’ve got you interested in wind turbines, the folks over at Pioneer Settler.com have put together 14 home made projects for you to choose from!
There are even Micro Wind Turbines!
Solar – Wind Hybrid
Now we’re getting serious! If you’ve got the space, maybe a hybrid solar – wind turbine system is best for you. Probably good for those places who don’t get a lot of sunlight.
Lastly, Here’s a link to tons of information on the subject of wind power.
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