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    Default Wind Turbine / Generator...Anyone building / built one??

    Hi all.
    I am wondering if there are any members who have, or who are contemplating, building a wind turbine generator, particularly Australian members and particularly if they are using the Fisher & Paykel motor as a generation unit.

    Also, has anyone found an "active" Australian forum dealing with the subject?

    Cheers,
    Phill.

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    There has been a guy in Perth selling complete units for just under $5000 on ebay, might be worth tracking him down, it has been a few weeks since I read his speil but it did indicate that he knew what he was talking about. Myself, I don't know anything about them.

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    There's a couple of guys over here on this forum http://www.austech.info/electronics/ that could help you. One of them (Bluedog I think) runs his entire place on solely on renewable energy (solar & wind).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptrott View Post
    Hi all.
    I am wondering if there are any members who have, or who are contemplating, building a wind turbine generator, particularly Australian members and particularly if they are using the Fisher & Paykel motor as a generation unit.

    Also, has anyone found an "active" Australian forum dealing with the subject?

    Cheers,
    Phill.
    Can you give any info on the motor you refer to?
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    Thanks Burnsey & Bob, I'll follow up those leads.


    echnidna, the motor is a washing machine motor from a Smart-Drive machine...
    see here...http://www.thebackshed.com/Windmill/AssemblyA.asp#3


    Cheers,
    Phill.

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    You can buy wind turbines from Jaycar Electronics. $499 gets you a 24 volt, 200 watt unit.

    They also have all the control equipment, deep cycle batteries and all that sort of stuff, as well.

    There's a manual on that page that may give you further ideas.

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    Sorry to say Master Splinter, but what I've heard is that those jaycar turbine and solar panels ain't much chop. Ok for a hobbyist, but not much good for a serious installation.

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    Uncle Bob, I had a look around and it seems that the main problems may be with the controller system and not the generator.

    Any further info you could give will be appreciated.
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    Bob, hi. I don't have any hard info, just what I read on the Austech forum. There was a good thread on alternative energy, sadly though it's been lost since their site crashed. There was even a thread regarding converting these very same F&P motors.

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    I'm in the middle... kinda... of building one. As I live in the middle of suburbia, i don't think my neighbours would appreciate having an 8 metre turbine towering above the roof line, so I'm looking at building a small (less than 1 metre high) vertical turbine (savonius) as a practice run.
    The magnets arrived last week, just need to find a cheap source of enamelled wire... And grab some scrap bits of wood/flue from onsite.
    I did look at the F&P, but couldn't find any going cheap - same goes for the ametek a couple of sites recommend.

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    I asked a queston here about windmills for pumping water, and got a heap of links... some of them include info with respect to elec generation.

    Hope it may be of use.
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    bit of a hijack, but ia m doing some looking around on grid connected wind power my house and had found these

    http://www.renewablestore.com.au/cat...roducts_id=658

    seem to be a good idea not needing inverters or battery banks,has anyone heard anything about them?

    thanks, dan

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    they're sold out
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    lol

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    they have either been not available or sold out for ages , so i thought someone would know of them if they are so popular.
    you can buy them in the usa for AUD$4600 or so but i dont know postage would cost


    edit : just got a quote of $1100 per unit for shipping, im assuming this us dolars too.

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    Thanks everyone for your input & suggestions.
    I finally found this site which also has a very active & useful forum which covers Windmills, Solar, associated electronics & controls, and even electric cars.

    http://www.thebackshed.com/Windmill/FORUM1/default.ASP

    Cheers.

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    good link thanks,

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