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Power generation,Wind Turbine Projects

The Weekend Wind Turbine Tower- Part 2 – The Hook Up!

25 Mar , 2016   Video

A short video showing some of the basic steps required to hook up a small wind turbine to an off-grid battery bank.

Cord coming out of wind turbine tower

The 12 gauge extension cord runs out of the bottm of the tower.

Cord going through wall

A 1/2 inch hole is drilled through the outside wall to the inside of the cabin.

watt meter running

A watt meter was placed inline of the cable. It will help measure the volts and any potential amps generated from the small wind turbine.

Cord coming from the floor

Cord then run through the top floor to under the cabin. Plan to clean up theses cord at a later date.

Cord coming through conduit

A picture of the cord coming through a grey conduit towards the battery bank. To help prevent drafts, insulation is jambed up inside the tube.

Negative-battery-terminal

The wind turbine has only two wires that supply DC power to the batteries. Will install 10 amp fuse on the positive side.

Postive-battery-terminal-il

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Power generation,Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2 – I Broke My Wind Turbine Tower

12 May , 2014  

Broke_the_WT_Tower

This is what happens when you tinker with something that has worked fine for 3 years. The small wind turbine purpose was to trickle charge the deep cycle batteries.
Background: A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to make the existing 20 foot tall tower an extra 20′ taller (40′ in total) and catch more clean, undisturbed wind. Found a 3 sections of 1″ and 1-1/4″ aluminum pipes from a pool cleaner/net. Inserted to small pipe inside the larger and overlapped the joints to form a solid pipe. The 40′ (plus a few more feet) 10 gauge, 2 wire SOW cable was inserted inside.
For the day It was erected. It was a tad windy, but I wanted to get the turbine up, wired and charging the deep cycle batteries.
Everything was going as planned until my helper mentioned the pole just bent like a “V” . Turned around and the pole was up in the air but the turbine was on the ground. What a bummer!
Well, the good news was the small turbine wasn’t injured and the tower could be fixed.

Thanks for watching!

 

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