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|Dan Lenox's Wind Turbine Build Chronicle|
This website has been created to chronicle the building of my 17' diameter wind turbine.
Besides the wonderful view we also have wind, lots of wind!
So why not harness some of this to generate our own electrical power?
Typically I research the heck out of stuff, and this project is no exception! There is one website that I have found to be *the most* informative site (OtherPower). I have decided to build a wind turbine that closely resembles their 17' diameter unit, the main changes that I will be making is some slight modifications to 'beef' up the metal structure in a couple of places, otherwise it will be the same. This turbine is of the axial flux design. I want to output 2-3kwh in a 20mph wind and have found that this one should suit my needs.
Some good informative reading "The Bottom Line About Wind Turbines", this is a good place to start out to help you determine if a wind turbine would suit your needs.
Roll your own...
The fourth reason was probably the major item that helped me with my decision. For the type of power output that I was desiring the average cost for a commercially manufactured was between $6,000-8,000. I knew that for under $1,500 I could purchase all the items and build my own. Had there been federal/state tax credits that would have helped offset the initial investment, I would have gone that route.
The tower is another matter - I will not be building my own and am currently searching for a suitably strong - hopefully guy less free-standing tower, either monopole or lattice design. What money I save in the wind turbine will help offset the tower costs.
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