Overview of Wind Turbine

This turbine produces 24v which is enough to power most household appliances (12v won't even run a standard television).  It is capable of producing 700 watts of sustained output in strong winds.  The most frequent and useful (in terms of power production) wind speeds are in the 10mph to 20mph range which this turbine has been optimized to catch.  The turbine typically produces 95 to 120 kwh/month.  The average home in the UK uses 700 kwh/months so it won't run your house but will substantially help. 

I encourage you to recycle any spare parts that you have or can get.  You can adapt these instructions to suit your needs (i.e. make the tower taller than 6m to catch stronger winds).  No welding or hole threading is necessary but if you do haveany relevant skills then please feel free to use welding. 

 The turbine is to be assembled in five parts: 1) Blades    2) Alternator    3) Tail    4) Tower    5) Assembly & Electrics

The Rotating Parts

Wind Turbine Parts

The two rotors and blades will rotate whilst the stator stays still.  The rotors and blades are mounted on a standard trailer hub (full details are given in the instructions).

The magnet rotors are steel disks that have magnets attatched.  The stator is made up of nine copper coils encased in polyester resin.

When the magnets pass the coils they create an electrical current.  This current is taken down a wire in the tower and stored in electrical batteries. 

   

Protection From High Winds

 

Wind turbine in low winds: tail makes blades face wind.

 

Wind turbine in high winds: tail raises and turns blades away from wind direction.

Low Wind Tail Position Wind Turbine High Winds
 

For further information see the Animation and FAQs......