A Cost-Effective Wind Generator

This cost-effective wind generator is a sound investment for cutting your utility bill.



Lakeside Wind Generator
Marshall Price provides some human scale to aid in gauging the height of his lakeside wind generator. The tower is a section of well casing, and the machinery pivots to face the breeze on a simple lolly axis that prevents 360 degree rotation.
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Windplant's Alternator
The windplant's alternator and step-up drive are slavaged automative components, and the governing hub and blades are built. The weathervane indicates that the prevailing winds are, in general, westerly.
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Tail Frame
As a means of overspeed control in strong winds, Marshall designed his tail frame so it could be folded parallel with the blades if necessary. In the partially furled position, the tail vane directs the rotor into the wind at an angle, thus shunting off much of its force.
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The Storage Bank
The storage bank is a combination of 2 and 6 volt batteries wired in a series-parallel circuit to achieve 12 volts overall. An inverter changes the direct current into AC for use in the house.
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