Carving the blades out of cedar was a memorable experience.
Here are photos of the project to illustrate how I did it.
This is a 3-phase induction motor that I converted into a permanent-magnet generator.
The original motor did not have these magnets inside. With them on the rotor now, it
generates electricity at very low speeds - the speed range that the wind turbine will turn.
Raising any wind turbine into the sky is no small feat. Here are some notes and thoughts about building
the tower and how to work safely with one. The picture of the tower is from the first time it was raised.
This stack of deep-cycle batteries came to me by accident. They were well used when I found them.
With a little TLC, they serve me well at reduced capacity. It is plenty for my needs.
Sincere thanks to the many people who have helped and encouraged along the way.
For years I have pursued my interest in building and using wind turbines for electrical power on my acreage home.
I have encountered many helpful people and resources along the way.
Without them, I might still have nothing off the ground.
Here is where I can "give back", by putting notes and lessons together into one place,
where others can read and learn for themselves. I hope they find it helpful.
I especially hope that people new to the hobby can find this site, and learn something.
I am always open to feedback, too, so write me an e-mail any time.