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Here I am going to show you how to make wind power turbine parts using simple materials that you can find either from the neighborhood hardware store or your local scrap yard.
What Propeller Blades
The common homemade wind turbine design uses PVC pipes for the propeller blade parts. Find a decent length of PVC pipe of about 8″ to 12″ in diameter and divide it perpendicularly into 4 equal parts. A 3 feet long PVC pipe is good enough to make a wind turbine with a 6 feet rotation diameter.
Best place to get: I found a piece of PVC pipe from my local scrap pile. It was a little slimy, but a quick scrub was all it took to make my propeller blade parts.
Need a Generator
You do not need to get any heavy duty generators for your homemade wind turbine. Get a decent enough DC motor that has a very low RPM rating. A low RPM rating requires lesser wind speeds to produce a nice voltage output.
Best place to get: Try searching for DC motor parts from the Internet. I went browsing through eBay to get the best bargain I could find. The result? A good enough DC motor with a 1150RPM rating for just $49.99!
And for the Batteries
Again, it is not necessary to get first hand parts for your wind turbine batteries. Be creative and try asking around the industrial estate if any of the factories have old forklift batteries that they can spare for you.
Best place to get: I got myself a brand new forklift battery from one kind factory owner who agreed to let it go for just $60 (when I would have spent more than $100 to buy from an outside vendor).
Put up a Tower
Conduit pipes can make good sturdy towers for your wind turbine to sit on. Connect a few lengths of conduit pipes with T-joint parts and it should do good enough.
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