Getting You Started With Small Wind Turbines

Wind power is a great way to generate your own electricity to reduce your monthly electricity bills while helping to save the planet.

This alternative energy is produced by using the force of the wind to create mechanical energy, which is converted into electricity and sent back to the power company for you.

Willing to Build Your Own Small Wind Energy Turbine?

If you are planning to build your own alternative energy system, I suggest you get a DIY guide available online, as it will show you exactly how to build a wind turbine and the step-by-step process of building it.

If you want to know what types of small wind turbines exist today, check out this very detailed guide by the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy. For example, this guide should give you complete step-by-step instructions on where to get your materials and how to connect them together. The best part is that once you have built your wind turbine, you can build more for your friends and neighbors too, and you can sell them back to the power company for you.

Small Wind Turbines Nordic Folkecenter

So, first things first. You need to find a good location for your wind turbine. It should be close enough to your house to receive a constant flow of wind. Most decent areas will have a wide range of wind speeds for a minimum of tower. The ideal is an area where the average wind speed is around 9mph, but even an average of 5mph will be fine. The turbine should be placed on a slight rise, at an average angle of 20 degrees or less. Even a slight angle can help produce enough electricity to sell back to the power company.

You also need to find a good location for the batteries. A good location for the batteries is at least 3 meters above all neighboring objects, but even better, at least 4 meters above neighboring objects. Even a difference of 1 or 2 inches in height can make a huge difference in the amount of energy generated, and also in the height of your wind turbine. If your turbine is more than 3 meters above any nearby object, you will need to place it near a structure to drain the wind. This structure is known as a wind turbine hub. It can be wood, metal or any other material that can withstand the force of the wind.

small household wind turbine and a solar panel
Small household wind turbine and a solar panel

The next thing you need to do is to calculate the total wind power you will generate. A good guide to getting this information is the US Department of Energy’s wind guide. This guide is a nice hard copy with color illustrations and comes with a how-to guide with detailed instructions and suggestions. It will be extremely helpful in getting the most energy out of your wind turbine.

The US Department of Energy’s Wind Guide is available online and will give you an excellent idea of the type of wind speed and the amount of energy you need to operate it. Once you have determined how much energy you are getting from your wind turbine, you can find out what type of turbine you need to get the most energy out of your wind turbine.

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