page contains many different designs that I ran into while researching
my wind tubine designs. I highlighted the ones that were the most help
to me, but it never hurts to look through all of them. I also separated
the designs into category based upon whether they used an AC approach
or a DC approach to power generation. Generally, the AC designs are
more sturdy and permanent, while the DC designs are easier to build but
not as professional.
| Otherpower- 10ft diamter wind turbine|
|Excellent step-by-step guide to building a 10ft diameter turbine. Uses a design very similar to Hugh Piggott, but with
each part of the design broken down into easy to follow steps. Requires
a fair bit in the way of tools, but the resulting turbine will be very
|Hugh Piggott's Design|
Piggott is THE man in DIY wind turbines. This site has a full manual
describing how to build one of his classic turbine designs. |
His personal website is also definitely worth checking out here
And his books can be purchased here
|Alton Moore's Wind Power Page|
run-through of the whole process. Not as many pictures as other plans,
but more technical details and theoretical background, which is nice. |
|Other AC Designs:|
http://www.otherpower.com/wardalt.html ~Uses a brake drum, pretty interesting.
http://www.fieldlines.com/index.php/topic,130033.html ~Another good example of the Piggott design
http://www.ki4u.com/webpal/b_recovery/3_alternate_energy/electricity/all_low_rpm/wood103.pdf ~All wood design
|Mike Davis's DC Wind Turbine|
|Very good and thorough guide to building a DC battery-charging wind turbine from scratch. Uses
an ametek dc motor for the generator, which is a common approach.
Excellent place to start if you aren't familiar with wind turbines or
|$150 Backyard Wind Turbine|
|A DC turbine that was built using a backyard approach similar to mine. Good step-by-step instructions!|
|Other DC Designs|
http://www.instructables.com/id/wind-powered-ametek-30-wind-generator/ ~Uses two generators on the same tower. Looks really cool.