How to Build a Wind Generator
For those people looking for ways to avoid paying money to a utility company forever, learning how to build a wind power generator is the best option to choose.
Not only is there the possibility of becoming totally independent, but when the world is suffering from the emissions from coal and gas powered plants, a renewable energy power source is a small step on the way to creating a greener planet.
Why wind energy? Well it is free and available to over 90 per cent of the USA – unless tall buildings and geographical features prevent access to a steady breeze. Building a generator is relatively simple and the cost is a lot less than many people think.
All that is needed is a structure to mount the blade on, a tail assembly to keep its attitude into the breeze, and gearing to turn the action of the blade into energy capable of being stored. Knowing this, how to build a wind powered generator will no longer be a secret.
For most people the best option is to get a kit set that needs nothing more than a few hours to assemble. There are a number of things to consider first though. Where will the structure be sited? The higher the better is one basic principle, but tall towers are not necessarily required with the modern light weight blades and generators.
How close can it be to the neighbor’s? Well again, the newer style wooden and composite fiber blades create less vibration and noise than their older counterparts.
Roof mounting will be the most likely option and the average DIY enthusiast will have no problem building this. You could even use recycled material. Keep in mind that it is important to make sure the structure won’t be affected by trees and overhanging branches.
Fixing the tail assembly to maintain the correct attitude into the wind is literally a breeze once the prevailing wind direction has been ascertained. Wind maps are available from online sources, government sites, and the homeowner that is really serious about knowing how to build a home generator should look at investing in a wind meter that over a few months will supply all the data needed.
The fixing of the gearing and generator will not tax anyone with basic DIY skills. Wiring and connection of the motor to turn the energy into electric power may require an electrician to double check connections, especially if there is an intention to supply surplus energy to the grid for credit.
The last part of knowing how to build a wind generator is considering what type of battery is needed and where to install it. In most cases a small shed with a concrete pad will suffice. Looking for the most efficient battery and the easiest to dispose of may be a challenge for the truly green constructor.
So for anyone needing to know how to build a wind generator, the simplicity of construction and low maintenance will appeal – along with the knowledge they can be producing electricity for a whole range of options in a matter of days.
For those who have some engineering skills or electrical ability, the process may save even more money. All that is needed is a plan – books, online sites and good hardware suppliers can assist with this as well. Remember this technology is not new, but just in a development phase as we look for alternatives for new sources of energy.