Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wind Power Generators - Inexpensive Power Alternative

By David Sullivan

Power and fuel costs are rising, and many people are looking to stop depending on energy companies. Wind power generators are a source of free power and are becoming much more readily available. They are expensive to buy, but luckily there is another option.

Building your own wind generator into your home is easy. The rule of thumb is to find a place that is about 200-300ft from another obstacle or at least 20 ft higher. In North America the average wind speed is around 9m/s, which can give you a lot of power.

Wind power is a cheap, clean alternative energy source, especially cheap if you do it yourself. They can generate much more power compared to an average solar panel so the cost per Watt is much less.

Turning the turning of the blades into electrical energy is accomplished by a DC motor which uses a magnet to drive current in coiled wire. You will have to buy one and place it in the body of your turbine - they cost only 50-100$ or so.

You will also need a wind power generator tower; some people have found free, old, TV antenna towers, as long as it meets the height requirement. Finally, you will need the plans for making the entire project to start generating wind power.

Some individuals have build their own 500 watt systems, using homemade wind blades from large PVC, (5 foot wind generator, so blades about 30 inches in length for 500 watts), DC Motor, Recycling TV Antenna towers, and the batteries for the bank to hold the generated power. These homemade systems can be made for under $400. You can buy kits that run around $3500-$4000, up to around $15,000 depending on the watts output.

The concept of wind power has been around for the long time but hasn't much been implemented. It is fairly easy to build one yourself, and you'll find that they work fantastically for your own home.

Anybody that has over a half acre of land, some PVC, a motor, some batteries, and either a tall TV Antenna, or some 2 or 3 inch steel to build a tower, can put together their own wind power generator, with basic tools.

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