DIY Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

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by Tim Fulton on October 1, 2008

Here at EcoRenovator, we definitely think that DIY is where it’s at. So it goes without saying that we jumped when we say this very cool DIY vertical axis wind power generator by Faroun. The total cost of the project is between $125 and $375, depending on what generator you use, with the more expensive WindBlue Alternator starting at around $250 itself. The issue with cheaper alternators is that it takes higher RPMs to get up to the desired voltage, which means your generator will be cheaper, but will also produce less power.

As you can see in the picture, this verticle axis turbine is very compact. Unlike many traditional wind power set ups, it doesn’t need to be unreasonably high or occupy a large footprint. However, it does need to be windy enough to actually spin the thing!

This turbine is made by cutting apart PVC pipes so that the halves are mounted onto 12″ bicycle wheels from old kids’ bikes.

Then the whole thing is mounted in a box and propped up somewhere where it won’t fly around, hooked to the alternator, and let go. The designer wanted to get 100 watts out of the setup, but has since realized that it will only spin at up to 550 rpm so the current, cheap alternator is not going to work out. Definitely a good reason not to skimp out on certain parts.

Nonetheless, a very interesting and innovative idea. I hope he can get a new alternator so we can see how much power it really puts out.

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1 Ray The Money Man October 2, 2008 at 1:15 am

Great work! I do want do start on a project of my own.

2 Faroun October 2, 2008 at 9:26 am

hi there, i see you have posted my V10 howto.

i am going to buy a windblue soon and we will see how it goes.

i was hopping you include the Designer name and where it is posted first..thanks


3 ben October 2, 2008 at 9:26 am

Great concept for DIY wind generation!

Location in that photo doesn’t look ideal. I could imagine some small child sticking their hand in there!

Of course a plexiglass cover would prevent the whole thing from working!

Hopefully, the final version of this generator can be mounted up higher in the wind, and away from little hands.

Looks great!

4 Benjamin Jones October 2, 2008 at 9:42 am

Hey Faroun –

I did include a link to the inscrutables page, the first one in the post in fact, but I didn’t see links there to a personal home page or anything so I didn’t post any others. Also, I couldn’t find your “name” when I wrote, but I assume your inscrutables name will be fine?

Thanks for the cool project!

5 DIY Wind Turbine Kit October 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Hello, It’s a neat idea and I love the inventive recycling. I work for and this is what I do for a living, help homeowners build and install wind/solar hybrid systems. The best selling turbine we have right now is the smaller rooftop mounted turbines that connect with a solar panel to give clean reliable power. You see, since the wind is stronger in the winter months, sun is stronger in the summer months, we designed a system that is attractively priced, that gives an even flow of energy year round. I think it’s great to check out the home grown turbine kits and plans, but many may prefer a professionally designed high tech. It’s way simpler to assemble and put up and is simply more attractive at the home. Of course is more expensive, but if you do math on the actual power generated, it’s cheaper per kwh, just a thought. Small DIY Wind Turbine Kits

6 global warming effets January 13, 2009 at 6:32 pm

I wonder how much would it take to a guy that only knows how to use a screwdriver and the hammer, to build something like this. It’s an amazing idea.

7 edward February 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

Checking out the design above and I think it could be more effiecent if you used half the number of blades, lighter and more direct wind contact. Also, tilt the blade forward at the top and cut them in half in a way that the angle to the wheel is the same all the way down like the more expensive VAT’s are designed.

8 Hurricane Wind Power October 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hi There Ecorenovator,
On a similar note, Are there any free plans accessible detailing on how to build a diy vertical axis wind turbine utilizing the stator etc. from a Fisher & Paykel Smart Drive cleaning machine,also any information on different parts (e.g. dump load resistors etc.) which will be required and are accessible in Australia,possibly secondhand.Thanks.
Keep up the posts!
Adrian Webb

9 mehrdad December 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Sorry I did try to ask this on the generator? It did a few watts of electricity? And if it is possible, please email me the dimensions of the plan …

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