Homemade Wind Power
DIY Wind Power- Some Answers to Common Questions.
Homemade wind power is like homemade food. Making
chicken soup from
scratch is very satisfying and tasty but requires a lot of time and
energy. You can also purchase soup in a can and heat it up and that can
be tasty too, but it will be more expensive. If you are wondering what
it it is like to cook up a wind power system from scratch, there is an
excellent story told by a very bright cook on our DIY Wind
The alternative to cooking up something from
scratch is to buy a kit. Like a boxed cake kit, a home wind power
has everything you need to create something wonderful. Usually, a few
extra ingredients are needed, and in the case of a wind generator kit
those ingredients would be sweat and power tools.
Below are a few questions and answers.
wind power- What steps are required?
First, you need to analyze how you can make your
efficient. By "tightening up" your home,
you optimize the cost
effectiveness of installing a wind generator system.(Or a solar power
system for that matter.) Second, you need to determine what you want
power to do. You need to decide if the system you want to
is for a special
purpose. Do you want to charge up batteries for back-up use? Do you
want to power a small portion of your needs or do you plan to sell
excess power back to your utility company and be "off the
These are just a few of the things
needed to analyze to determine the capacity, location and size of the
system you will require. Thirdly, your budget will also determine
what you need for your project. And then, fourthly, you need a good
wind power- How big should the system be?
This depends on your answer to the first
question. Generally, you need a site with wind speeds of 12
miles per hour. Excess energy can be stored, but with winds
less than 12 mph, there may not be sufficient power. You will
need to determine your power needs to figure out how big or how many
wind turbines you will need to provide enough wind power. Some of the
new home wind generators available, (not DIY) require lower wind speeds
but usually require a proffessional install.
wind power- What kinds can I build?
Basically, there are two kinds of wind turbines,
the most common
type right now is similar to a windmill and called a horizontal
turbine.These usually, but not always require a tower. Towers elevate
the turbine to where the wind is stronger, making the generator produce
electrictymore effectively. The second kind of wind turbine is the
vertical axis wind turbine which
still usually needs a
tower. Both require strong enough winds to perform properly,
some believe that vertical axis wind turbines are more
The jury is still out on that.
wind power- What does it cost?
That depends on the size of wind power system, and
whether you are going to assemble your own tower, blades, generator,
battery storage and other parts. Many are able to put
together a wind power system from salvage parts, like old television
antennas, PVC fan blades, batteries, and the main cost is the
generator, unless you already have one. Depending on the type
of system you build, some DIY wind power systems can be built for a few
hundred dollars. There is more about he cost of wind power here
and there is important info on government grants and incentives
wind power- Where can I get good plans?
There are numerous sources for wind
on the Internet, some that are free and give general schematics and
some that are a minimal cost, but are proven plans for assembling your
own homemade wind power system. Depending on the size of your
location and needed power output, by having a wind resource test done,
and site location analyzed, you may be a good candidate for one of the
wind power kits on the market. There are plenty of sources
for plans and components, if you are mechanically inclined, as this is
a rapidly growing market
wind power- What about wind power kits?
power kits are available on the Internet, and
some micro-turbine kits are a few hundred dollars and have the
components you need for a small system. Other kits can range
over $10,000, depending on the size of wind power system you
need. The main thing with pre-assembled kits is that they are
easy to install, and have a life span up to 20 years. They
have also been tested and output and expense is easy to
predetermine. With a kilowatt cost of 9 cents, you can recoup
your investment quickly in utility savings and tax credits.
Homemade wind power is a way to save thousands on
your utility bill, become independent for energy and there is plenty of
information, parts, and kits to help you convert your energy needs into
clean and environmentally safe wind power that will allow you to recoup
your initial investment quickly through savings and tax credits.
Even an amateur can take advantage of
the kits, plans and components to easily harness the wind for
power needs, with the help of the Internet. If farmers have
been using it since 1870, then you can rest assured that the technology
advances in the past century have made wind power an affordable
alternative energy option.
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