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I think we're going to start seeing a lot more of that type of thing. If I can get a decent 110V wind turbine at a fairly inexpensive price, it will definitely been installed on my house.
 

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My hope was to one day build an E-car with a solar or wind overnight charging setup. Because lead batteries are heavy and in efficient though it will have to wait until they make some new cheaper packs. Lithium batteries are pricey.
 

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So when are they going to match a turbine on the exhaust with a alternator to charge the batterys on a Hybrid. Free power that just goes out the tail pipe.
 

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Back in the 70s or early 80s Mother Earth News had plans for building your own wind turbine out of scrap steel and a Delco Alternator. IIRC, you could either run it with the stock regulater and charge a bank of deep cycle Marine batteries and run an inverter off of them, or you could do a simple rewire job and get 110 AC out of it for use with non frequency critical items like power tools and such. Under $125 in 70s dollars. Someone has to have a scan of the article somewhere on the Internet.
 

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Back in the 70s or early 80s Mother Earth News had plans for building your own wind turbine out of scrap steel and a Delco Alternator. IIRC, you could either run it with the stock regulater and charge a bank of deep cycle Marine batteries and run an inverter off of them, or you could do a simple rewire job and get 110 AC out of it for use with non frequency critical items like power tools and such. Under $125 in 70s dollars. Someone has to have a scan of the article somewhere on the Internet.
Here is a list of renewable energy source articles from MEN:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/article-categories.aspx?taxonomyid=4&sorting=oldest

Here is one wind article from 1972:

http://www.motherearthnews.com/Renewable-Energy/1972-09-01/Free-Power-From-The-Wind.aspx
 

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I wonder what "ideal" conditions are? Been thinking about building my own this coming winter, http://www.thekevdog.com/projects/wind_generator/
One like that Harbor Freight that is sold around here ideal conditions are over 28 mph. A lot of wind farms are going in around here because it's windy area. Average mph in June is 12 mph & average in Jan is 18 mph.
 

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you can make that out of scrapyard leftovers. a car differential, alternator and some sort of fan blades can be welded together to make a rough and ready wind turbine that will charge a car bettery. if you want ot get sophistocated you could build a bank of 10 or 11 units and use them through a multi-input voltage regulator/rectifier, inverter ad batery bank to make stable 110AC.

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you can make power from a electric motor and a wind mill any electric motor can gen power. my deer feeder has a solar charger on it so no problem. I got a solar charger on my camper at deer lease ot have power. most wind turbine make dc so you so to batt, then add a power inverter and you have heat loads ac etc will not last long. I am a electrician so it can be done
 

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Just started building my cabin in the UP of Michigan. Because these is no power available I've been searching a lot for off grid solutions. I've found pretty good prices here http://sunelec.com/ for solar panels and here http://www.missouriwindandsolar.com/ for a wind generator. Here is another source for a wind generator. http://www.hydrogenappliances.com/. The best bet I believe would be to go with both solar and wind which is what I plan to do. I plan to start with 600 watts of solar panels and a 500 watt wind generator with a generator backup as needed.
 

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Before anyone begins making a Wind Turbine, you should look into if you are in an ideal position to have such a turbine or you will have put forth the effort in vain.

Like, in my area, solar is a better route to go because wind speeds are not great enough to justify building a wind turbine.
 

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I think if you were to make a wind turbine from an alternator you may be asking for trouble in the long run. If you get alot of wind it wouldn't be very hard to burn out your alternator without a braking system.

Plus they aren't designed to be put right out in the elements. A shielded turbine with a big motor would probably be a little better for that. Save the alternator for protected and steady rpm projects.
 
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