To build wind generators, one must be adequately familiarized with their many parts and their uses. A wind generator has four distinct components. These are: the body, tail, hub and blades, the tower. Building the hub and blades take about three times longer than the other parts. However, even though it is the most time consuming aspect, it is not as hard to build.
The blades and hub are made of material that can be obtained easily. Sometimes they are even free. While working on the construction of the hub and blades, the motor is ordered from a trusted dealer. This motor, which is the heart of all motorized wind generators, goes into the body. It is the motor that converts the energy of the wind into electricity.
New and recycled parts can make up the body and the tail. It depends on the builder which is to be utilized. The body of the wind generator can be made up of a stainless steel, double-walled chimney pipe recycled from old pipes replaced from homes. These can be easily obtained from any installer of chimneys or dealer of woodstoves. For those living in the south, furnace dealers can be approached.
This chimney pipe is sturdy, as it is designed for outdoor use. The exterior of old recycled pipes is usually still in relatively good condition. The interior, however, rapidly deteriorates due to the exhausts of the chimney or woodstove. The stainless steel material is adequate enough to protect the motor and other moving parts installed within it.
The artist in the builder can be expressed in the tail, for this component can be designed in virtually any color, shape, design, and theme. This adds fun to the construction of wind generators.
As for the tower, there are several options available. They come in various sizes and shapes. One can buy a ready-made tower, which is a bit expensive, or it can also be built from scratch. Wind generator tower designs can either be free-standing or tilted up.
The tower does not need to be too high. The basic rule of thumb regarding tower height is that it has to be higher by fifteen feet in relation to any obstruction occurring within a three hundred feet radius. Nevertheless, the higher the tower is, the better the wind current.
It is preferable to build one’s own tower, especially if budget is a consideration. A home-built pipe tower supported by a guy wire is relatively cheap. And there are also recycled television towers that are readily available and ideal. In terms of maintenance, a tilt-up tower is ideal. Simple poles can also serve as good towers.
TV towers are strong enough and are usually thirty to fifty feet long. They can be dismantled in ten-foot sections, and they can be found wherever households want to take down their old towers because of a shift to satellite TV, which is the craze these days. These households will even pay to get their towers down.
These are the basic considerations in building a wind generator. Now it is time to look at the various plans available online and get the construction going.