Category Wind turbine power

Wind turbine generators and alternators

Imagine your self creating an alternative power source that can help you save up on electric bills. Your site is perfect and your towers and turbine are all set. The only problem is what kind of generator are you going to use? What kind of machine would be needed to run homemade wind turbines?

Wind turbine generators are the heart of your mechanism. Without it, wind energy from your windmill cannot be properly harnessed. So selecting the right machine for the job is a critical step for achieving optimum efficiency in your operations. The term generator is used for machines that produce direct current. An alternator on the other hand is the term used for machines that can produce alternating current.

There are a lot of available generators/alternators available on the market that can do the job for you but customizing your own is still the best way to go. Even though a lot of generators can do the job, none can be specifically fit to do the task itself. You can end up having problems in the future and you cannot maximize the energy that you can muster out of your turbines.

Research carefully when attempting to construct your own generator. It won’t be a walk in the park but you will see and feel the benefits that in can offer you afterwards. Search online forums, literature and studies to support your quest so that you can learn how to properly build your own.

Some points that you must consider when selecting or constructing your generator are the following. For starters, the start up speed of the generator must be one of the first things you should look at. Conceptualize of a design that can simplify the start up for you, make sure that your machine runs smoothly from the moment its starts up until you shut it off. Speed is another factor that you must not over look. Generators that are suitable for homemade wind turbines are those that can produce higher voltages at slower paces. This immediately rules out your regular vehicle alternator since its function is quite the opposite.

When you choose to create your own generator, you can select between creating a single phase or a three phase generator. A single phase sounds a bit simpler than that of a three phase, but the latter offers more efficiency and it can be better for you in the long run.
You must also think about the adaptability of the generator itself. Since the wind is such an unpredictable force, your machine must be able to withstand its changes. For example, if your machine is unable to cope up with the power that can be harnessed form high speed winds then it would end up overheating your machine and all possible energy that could be gathered would go to waste.

Homemade wind turbines must be carefully analyzed for in order you to run a successful wind harvesting process. Every detail must be thought of and carefully planned. Always give attention to the most vital parts of your machine like the generator to ensure a smooth and flawless run the future.

Managing wind turbine batteries

Managing wind turbine batteries:

When running homemade wind turbines, it is vital that you have energy storing devices. Since everyday will not be a windy day, it is imperative that you store up energy for situations like that. You must be able to effectively manage your resources so that you can maximize the wind energy that you gather.

The first thing to look at when aiming to store batteries is your generator. Your machine must be of good quality and working condition so that you can successfully begin harvesting power. Having a low performing machine would still enable you to gather energy but only after a certain period which wastes time and opportunities to gather more wind power. It also is gathered at random intervals so you have no control over your resources. It is best to choose generators that can give you a steady out put and control over energy gathered. There are already experimental models circulating through the net so make sure to take at that and let that serve as a basis in selecting or creating your own.

You must also select the appropriate batteries homemade wind turbines. Having storage systems that can withstand and safe keep large amounts of power can be of great use to you, but is that what you really need? You must first identify the amount of energy that you want to store. From there you can narrow down your choices and select the appropriate battery that will suit your needs. Is it for industrial use or will you use it to fully power as household that off grid? Is it just for small households and support usage so as to reduce electrical bills? By identifying these factors, you can simplify and pinpoint what kind of storage device would work best for you.

For larger areas and ones that require full household usage, it is suggested that you use a heavy duty battery to store energy. Since structures like this depend solely on wind powered energy, you must be able to gather huge amounts of power in order so sustain operations during off peak days. Since non windy days come at an uncertain time, it is best to have available energy in your back pocket.

For small areas and support systems, it is ok to use smaller types of batteries since it does not rely on wind energy entirely. This way you can save up money by avoiding unnecessary expenses in making the wrong selection and just go with the type of battery that will do the job for you.

Homemade wind turbines can run smoothly even without storage devices, sort of a seesaw  energy provider that only provides you with power when it is available and be of no use when there is none. You can live with this kind set up or you can be more productive and supply your machine with a storage system that can help you save up on those wasted morsels of wind power. Think smart and think ahead! Gather the power of the wind with great prowess and efficiency.