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batfire:
OK, didn't see much in the area of how to build a wind generator in your garage on the blog so thought I would put out some info I have found.  I will include the video and the source from which he gets his parts. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHB4zxWd3Ls

http://www.windbluepower.com/

CT9A:
Those look like standard car alternators on that website.  Can these be used to charge batteries?  It works in my truck, why not in my shed?

fritz_monroe:
Wind turbines are usually (?) used to charge your battery bank.  There isn't usually a steady wind to supply the power to whatever you need it for.  There are some plans floating around that use a standard alternator. 

I've been digging into micro wind power for a while.  There's some good info out there.  Here's a page on building a savonius rotor to power a driveway gate. 

Here's another page on using an alternator to charge batteries.  Not a wind powered page, but still useful information.

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--- Quote from: CT9A on February 18, 2009, 01:35:52 PM ---Those look like standard car alternators on that website.  Can these be used to charge batteries?  It works in my truck, why not in my shed?

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Car alternators are a bad idea for a wind turbine.  They don't achieve the a usable voltage until they are at a high RPM.  Your truck motor can spin that thing far faster than the wind ever will. 

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http://www.thebackshed.com/windmill/

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