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Free VAWT Wind Turbine Plans - ebook

Free VAWT Wind Turbine Plans - ebook
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A great introduction to wind turbines is to build your own VAWT - a vertical axis wind turbine - which copes well with the turbulent winds typically found in built-up areas. They are typically easier to build than the more traditional horizontal axis wind turbines (the ones that look like windmills), and can be constructed from cheap easily obtainable materials such as PVC pipe and plywood. When completed this turbine easily generates sufficient power to charge a couple of rechargeable AA batteries or to light up a string of LEDs.

This simple wind turbine generator requires 6-8 hours of building time ideally spread over a couple of days to allow paint and glue to dry. Here is a summary of the materials required: 1 8 inch diameter 14 guage steel disk with 3/8 inch hole in the centre. 16 disk magnets - ceramic or NdFeB (neodymium) magnets. 750g of 20AWG enamel coated magnet wire. 2 pieces of corrugate plastic 24 x 8 inches - ideally 2mm thick, but 4mm is acceptable. ...and a selection of electronic components - diodes and resistors etc, some plywood and plexiglass, glue, paint and fixings.

This turbine can be assembled using just a screwdriver, power drill, pliers, a jigsaw, and some sandpaper. Unless you have steel cutting equipment - which most people do not! - you will need to pay a metalshop to prepare the steel disk. The rest you can do yourself.

The plans explain in detail the full construction process from making the rotor and stator, to making the frame that holds everything together and the blades which catch the wind and spin the turbine. Full wiring details are also provided explaining the difference between star and delta configurations (choose between higher voltage or higher current), and three phase alternator wiring.

These wind turbine plans are excellent and very educational. A fantastic introduction to basic wind turbine construction which can be used in the classroom or at home.

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