Solar Power Projects, Wind Turbine Projects

Update to the DIY Off-Grid Solar/Wind Power System

9 Jul , 2013  

It’s the second year of my budget, do-it-yourself solar and wind power rig. So I thought I would share some updates with my fellow off grid friends. The panels have worked great making power. The only drawback was some of backing materials were separating and starting to peel off. Used that sticky red Tuck tape […]

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Other, Wind Turbine Projects

Temporary Roof Top Mount for VAWT Project

27 Jun , 2013  

The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Project project required a place to test the hub, motor and blades/scoops. Despite the lack of good wind at our home, (we are in a valley, surrounded by trees), it was easier to check. The plan was to create just a temporary mount on the roof top that would not […]

Other, Wind Turbine Projects

Part 2 of the Homemade Dump Load for a Wind Turbine

24 Jun , 2013  

So, with fewer resistors, the layout had to be reconfigured and more copper wires were used to secure resistors in place. It was suggested by some viewers to lower the ohms by connecting in parallel (positive to positive) to lower the ohms from 100 to 25 ohms.   Came up with three separate ideas for the […]

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Other, Wind Turbine Projects

The Bountiful Harvest of Motors and Parts for Projects

20 Jun , 2013  

Last year, I made a New Years resolution to deconstruct appliances, old tools, radios or anything else not working or thrown away. The plan was to gather materials for future wind turbines, look at the engineering and types of materials used. It’s not an evil plan to destroy, but more of a positive learning opportunity. […]

Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

DIY Wind Turbine Works Great in Wind Storm

1 May , 2013  

DIY Wind Turbine Works Great in Wind Storm Three years have past, the PVC blades on the wind turbine are working just fine, and do well in high winds. A few hours after this video footage was taken, our the testing facility (the cabin) was hit with a massive wind storm. Lot’s of trees were […]

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Other, Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Generate Power from a Hockey Puck!

12 Apr , 2013  

This video was part of the Garage Door Motor Conversion for Wind Turbine series. Decided to make a stator out of a hockey puck. The stator (in this case, a hockey puck) was drilled with eight, half inch holes. Then 3 sets or rare earth magnets would be inserted into the holes. The modified stator […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Build a Wind Turbine from a Cordless Drill/Driver

15 Mar , 2013  

The goal was to build a wind powered generator from a cordless drill. It could be used to charge up a battery. The battery could then be hooked up to a light bulb from a car or a string of LED lights. Handy for a shed, outbuilding, pump house, boat, small room or workshop. The video […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

VAWT Made From Wood Siding

6 Mar , 2013   Video

  This video and blog post is about a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) made from mostly a wood called  Western Red Cedar. It has contains images from the first attempt 2 years ago and video update of of the second attempt with modified blades/airfoils. It’s a fun project to work on, especially when it’s in your living […]

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Power generation, Wind Turbine Projects

Garage Door Motor Converted to Produce Electricity

22 Feb , 2013  

Due to chilly weather, there’s been a gap since the last video. So, I decided to answer a viewers question and do a step-by-step about converting a regular AC motor to a generator. The motor in this video was from a 1/3 HP garage door opener. Someone left it next to a municipal garbage can, expecting […]

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