RacingKen

Wind Power Generator

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Yeah..... I'm going to try to build my own Wind Power Gen/ Alt from scratch. I will be winding my own coils and useing MagnetsI purchased online. High power ( NEODYMIUM) Rare Earth Magnets.

This will probably take me close to a year to complete, as I have to buy a few things I need, a little at a time. The major being the Batteries. I am planning on going with Deep cycle 6 volt Batteries in multiples of 2 for a 12 volt system then maybe later a 24 volt system. The batteries will be my biggest investment at close to $160.00 each. Although right now they are on sale for $130.00 each, but with the holidays I cannot buy any right now.

I will keep you posted if you want, as I do my testing and build.

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  1. lakeside2189's Avatar
    I left this comment before..I dont see it...so here goes..I was in Canada this summer and saw some big ones I guess were for the city or Province...I also saw some small ones for farms....saw one at a winery in Nova Scotia...really cool...Goodluck
  2. RacingKen's Avatar
    Hello Lakeside!
    Yeah we have a huge windmill farm just about 35 miles from here. Any time we head to San Francisco we pass right through the middle of it.

    Ok, I bought and received my magnets, I went with round ones 3/4"x1/2". These little buggers are more powerfull than I thought they would be. I took one of them and started trying to see how much one could lift. I didn't have a flat piece of steel for it to grab onto, I used a 7" to 8" round fan cage, and added weight to it till I could not hold it up with my index finger and thumb grasping the magnet anymore. I had around 7.5 pounds in it. Not bad for a flat magnet on a round surface.
    I also bought some 16 Gauge magnet wire, or motor wire. I only bought 2.5 pounds right now. I will need to get more later, as this will not be enough for all the coils I will need to wind. It sure was cheaper to buy it at a local armature repair shop than online anywhere I have found. Almost half the price.
    While I was trying to place two of the magnets on a disk so that I could see what kind of power I could get out of it with a spin by hand one of the mags jumped up to the one I was trying to set down near it with a mighty force chipping one of them. They are pretty fragile/ Brittle so you need to be very carefull with them.

    Well thats all I got for now.

    Ken