This is what you need for a Low-Tech turbine:
- Pencil, eraser, rulers and paper (millimeter paper)
- Patience; no skill is needed as you will learn by trial and error
- Plywood or any other material that will make a good blueprint
- Wood planks or/and metal parts from a junk yard that are easy to work with
- One or more car generators (2-6 kW capacity)
- One or more car batteries (12v) or a truck battery (24v) or any other
- In cold climates you might want to connect to a water heater
- A Switch box from 12 or 24v to 220w AC
Add this to the list if you are making a High-Tech turbine:
- A Computer (at least a 386 PC or a 68040 Mac with a math processor )
- Some kind of paint or cad program (ACAD) to plot the wing profile, and a printer.
- A large generator (4-20 kW capacity) with a gear box that can make 3000 rpm
- Regulators for AC and DC
- Recharger for batteries
How much material you need depends on how large a turbine you want to make. I suggest that you start by making a
small turbine about 2 meters in diameter. This is to get the hang of it. Today you can still buy anything you need in a
store or in the junkyard, but after the pole shift will be to late to shop. If you start with a small turbine the next, a
bigger 10 meter turbine, will be much improved by your newly learned knowledge and skill.
Estimated cost: It depends on if this stuff is new or not!
- Generators 2-6 kW: $100 - $1,000.
- Generators 4-20 kW: $100 - $1000.
- Batteries: $40 - $800.
- Wiring, cables: ?
- Regulators: ?
- Recharger: ?
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