WP102: Homebuilt Wind Generators

2009
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Guemes Island, WA

This workshop will guide students through the process of building a small wind turbine from scratch. Brief sessions each day on wind generator theory will be followed by shop sessions. The workshop group will construct a working wind generator.

Participants will gain hands-on experience carving wooden blades, winding coils, wiring, and fabricating a complete wind turbine. The turbine built in the workshop will produce up to 500 watts in higher winds. Participants will learn how to adapt this and other designs for other voltages, and how to scale the design concepts up or down to meet their needs.

Topics include:

  • Designing and carving wooden blades
  • Alternator theory and design
  • Winding coils
  • Fitting magnets into homebuilt alternators
  • Governing systems
  • Yaw and tail design & construction
  • Wiring & fabrication
  • Construction details

Cost is $895. For more information contact SEI at sei@solarenergy.org or 970-963-8855.

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