Build A Windmill For Wind Generated
Learning how to build a home
windmill to generate some or all of your electricity needs has
finally become practical. In the past, the primary way to
benefit from wind generated electricity was to purchase a
commercial wind turbine and have it installed by professionals
at a cost of $10,000 - $20,000 and up. Today with inexpensive
technology and improved guide books it is possible to do it
yourself for as little as $200.
How a wind turbine generates power and sends it to your
house is really pretty simple. The wind is caught in the blades
which turn an electric motor backwards generating a direct
electrical current. This energy is then stored in batteries.
When electricity is needed it is passed through a small
electrical device and converted from direct current (DC) to the
alternating current (AC) that your appliances require.
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components of a typical home windmill
1. The Windmill - This
often consists of 3 blades about 4 feet in radius attached to a
hub that is also connected to a DC electric motor. These items
are suspended vertically by a tower that is at least 8 to 12
feet tall. A tail fin is attached to the back of the motor unit
in such a way that it will pivot the blades to keep them facing
2. Battery Bank - This a group of one or more deep
cycle batteries that store the generated power for later
3. Inverter - This clever device converts the direct
current (DC) that comes from the stored energy in the batteries
into alternating current (AC) that most household appliances
4. Charging Controller - This electronic device
prevents the batteries from being damaged from
5. System Meter - This piece monitors how much power
is available from the battery bank and how much power is being
used at any given time.
One of the conveniences of making your own windmill is that
you can keep the system as simple or as complicated as your
budget and skills allow. A simple system would not tie in with
the electrical grid from the power company to your house.
Instead it would enter your house separately and not connect to
the house wiring. The power would be specifically designated
for just certain appliances. This saves the cost of hiring an
electrician to do the hook up but eliminates the possibility of
selling excess electricity back the utility company.
A more complex system might merge the windmill electricity
to that of a set of solar panels and to the power grid coming
into the house from the power company. This configuration not
only insures a continual supply of energy on windless days but,
also provides for the exciting possibility of selling excess
power back to the electric company.
Building a windmill is not all that complicated but it does
require a good set of illustrated plans written by someone with
direct hands-on experience and great sources for inexpensive
and free materials. Links to reviews of some popular windmill
plans are available in the author’s box below.
Now you have no excuse for not cutting your electric bill
while improving the environment. So why not have some fun
and learn how to build a windmill?
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