Category Archives: Wind

One colorful Pinwheel wind generator

I like this build.  Too many folks shoot down wind power cause of the “looks”.  This is a nice take on that to improve the look (thought the output may suffer).  My 2 cents, I think I would build smaller … Continue reading

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OK this takes the cake for a cheap wind power

2 Water bottles cut and strapped onto a motor.  I don’t think you can make it any cheaper and easier. http://www.instructables.com/id/Half-Brainer-Wind-Turbine/

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Simple coke bottle wind turbine

Good and simple build to do with kids to teach about electricity and wind power. http://www.instructables.com/id/Coke-Bottle-Wind-Turbine/

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Turn a broken hoverboard into windpower

Actually this build is pretty universal for other motors as well (treadmill for example).  Thought the re-use of the tire for a mount is pretty good.  I like the bike wheel pipe vanes too. http://www.instructables.com/id/Turn-a-Broken-Hoverboard-Into-a-Vertical-Wind-Turb/

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Another neat build, vertical axis wind turbin

Nice build, only one thing I would do a bit different…OK a few things.  One, give it a coat of paint.  Two, put a nose cone over the motor to help shelter it. http://www.newphysicist.com/make-vertical-axis-wind-turbine/

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Neat windmill to teach kids, BUT using a grinder?

OK this was a cool project, but the author uses a hand grinder to cut everything.  To me thats crazy (jigsaw, handsaw, etc etc).  But it works for him. http://www.newphysicist.com/make-small-wind-turbine/

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Cool windpower setup

Mostly made from PVC, metal flashing, and bike parts (including the genny).  Only thing is the chain could get rusted up pretty quick in the elements. https://www.instructables.com/id/Wind-Turbine-DIY-Tutorial-How-to-Make/

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Could build for mass producing simple wind turbines for kids

The author put ALOT of work into this one, its a nice video with lots of templates made to make a bunch of wind powered devices for kids to experiment with.  Would I do this…no, way too much work for … Continue reading

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Make a mini compressed air motor

Nice build.  Would work well with kids. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Mini-Compressed-Air-Motor/  

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Here is a simple build for a windmill

Simple build.  The author is a bit scary with power tools (way he handles them).  Apparently doesn’t have a tablesaw.  Or the homemade welder…. http://www.newphysicist.com/make-vertical-axis-wind-turbine/

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