Newbie wind generator builder, (angry with internet scams...) looking for real answers to energy savings in SA after R1000+, 4 months and 12GB of internet searches and useless incomplete reading on the web.
I am very eager to get cracking on a project of my own, since the only plans people can get their hands on in the global energy crisis! costs $100 (power4home), which I paid and never got my plans or, the company doesn't respond to quueries, they don't answer thier phone etc... I have decided to take a different route. Seems that there is a lot of embezzling going on online now days and to actually get a starting point is more frustrating than I can bear. So I have decided to learn by blowing things up. ( well hopefully not to much). I also thought I should join a group, since this one hit my search the most, and I like Windgat comments. I picked here.
Being resident in SA, I need to figure out if I can run a Wind turbine where I stay PTA northorn face of the magaliesberg, it seems like we have a fair amount of medium to slow wind.
First Question if I may:
Now for building a generator, how would using an induction motor fair as a wind turbine? Has anybody tried this, it produces 3 phase power and 220v approx 740w per 1 HP. ( that's if I understand things correctly)
I am not afraid to build my own stators and coils, but for the first stage of my project I would really like to see some volts...
Does anyone here have a set of plans for PVC blades? or is there a formula to work out how the blades and the motors should be balanced. I would realy appreciate some guidance as I have only a general idea of where to start.