Wind generator

booboobooboo Solar Expert Posts: 39
I am getting ready to install a small grid-tie solar system on my home. 6 or 7 170 watt panels and a PV Powered PVP2000 inverter.

I am intersted in making a DIY windmill generator. More for a hobby unless I can make it productive. I feel I can make a setup for about $100 depending on the motor I get. I am still trying how to figure out what motor is best.

How would I go about hooking the wind generator up to the solar?

At what voltage would the windmill be productive and how much voltage would be too much?

Comments

  • halfcrazyhalfcrazy Solar Expert Posts: 720 ✭✭✭
    Re: Wind generator

    check out www.otherpower.com they are all about do it yourself wind power. i made a 10 ft machine based on there plans and it turned out to be a 1000-1200 watt machine and it produces 200-250 watts in real low winds like 6-7mph
  • KevinbKevinb Solar Expert Posts: 26
    Re: Wind generator
    halfcrazy wrote: »
    check out www.otherpower.com they are all about do it yourself wind power. i made a 10 ft machine based on there plans and it turned out to be a 1000-1200 watt machine and it produces 200-250 watts in real low winds like 6-7mph

    Sorry if this is a stupid question, but how are you measuring your output in watts as opposed to amps? Multipying amps by actual battery voltage while charging or reading watts on a charge controller?
  • halfcrazyhalfcrazy Solar Expert Posts: 720 ✭✭✭
    Re: Wind generator

    i am simply multiplying amps by battery voltage
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