Home built Wind Turbine and Solar Panel

Monday 16th June 2008

Home built Wind Turbine and Solar Panel

With no end in sight to the severe power shortage across the country, I was thinking about what could be done to make the darker hours easier. With the cost of generators touching the sky (not to mention the maintenance hassles, noise and air pollution and the all-time high fuel costs), other forms of energy look very attractive.

Wind turbine

This HOWTO on building your own Wind Turbine was an interesting read and could be useful if you live in a windy area and can get your hands on a few good DC motors (or a full-fledged generator).

It just came to me that we may even be able to use one of those used kabuli car generators for this. They are readily available with most car mechanics and should be a lot cheaper than a commercial generator, though I'm unaware of their actual efficiency.

The same person also constructed a cheap solar panel system though it may be quite difficult to make use of it on a bigger scale.

I wish I had the time to thoroughly study and try out something like this. Maybe an enterprising Pakistani could take this up as a project and open up a lucrative business after ironing out the kinks.

 

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On 16th June 2008, at 18:15pm PKST, Stuart Woodward said:

Generating the electricity is one problem but storing it again is another. You'd have to charge up batteries for night time use or use it to pump water for later discharge though a water wheel. You could also use the electricity to electrolyze the water to get hydrogen and oxygen gas, but that could get dangerous...

On 16th June 2008, at 18:22pm PKST, Sajjad said:

The local-made UPSs I'm using provide a couple of hours of backup at a "relatively" low price. That's because they use very large truck batteries which aren't that expensive.

Whatever the storage mechanism, the main challenge is making sure the current flows smoothly. We've often had to deal with burnt circuits and other reliability issues.

On 7th July 2008, at 16:57pm PKST, M. Akbar Durrani said:

Dear Mr. Sajjad,

You have done a good job. This is a very interesting Blog.

Well, I with a small team of professionals developing a small (cheap) wind turbine (not exactly as shown above) with everything from local market.

We are very confident that we would be successful in the trial run (basic model 400W and advance model 1000) by August/Sept.2008.

Our testing of Blades is complete and the results were excellent.

Thanking you and hope this Blog will soon become the #1 Blog.

On 13th August 2008, at 03:07am PKST, Engr Sannan said:

Assalam-o-Aleikum, I am an Engineer. Nice to know that my brothers are also working on such things. What I would like to know is that are you using car generators/alternator for 1kW or DC Motor..

On 29th August 2008, at 11:32am PKST, Sajjad said:

Best of luck Akbar. Hope you come up with a successful solution.

Sannan, a DC motor would be a good option, though I'm currently looking for a used car generator in good condition. That should be very efficient.

On 21st September 2008, at 19:25pm PKST, francis said:

sir i want to know about your wind turbine can be made in house is this is possible or not

On 22nd September 2008, at 23:14pm PKST, dave tee said:

Hi.Very intersting. I talk about a great DIY guide on my site that is very szuited for those who are not very technically adept. It may be of interest.

On 22nd November 2008, at 15:33pm PKT, Rizwan said:

Hi, it is a nice blog to share about alternative energy resources, can you guide me to generate electricity with car generator?

thanks

On 22nd December 2008, at 00:02am PKT, Ali naqi zaidi said:

hahah how fortunate..i was looking for exactly this page u pasted...i had read it earlier some 9 months ago..and lost it...thanks a lot...
here in karachi...im looking for a car generator to begin with.. insha allah..will upgrade to big generator once this gets running...

thanks sajjad..btw suddenly i notice too many zaidis around :D!

On 22nd December 2008, at 00:08am PKT, Ali naqi zaidi said:

Thanks

On 2nd January 2009, at 22:37pm PKT, mansoor said:

Well it would be help full if some one told what is needed to make a wind mill and explain how each par works

On 2nd January 2009, at 22:37pm PKT, mansoor said:

Well it would be help full if some one told what is needed to make a wind mill and explain how each par works

On 19th February 2009, at 14:59pm PKT, atif said:

I realy appreciate your work .If you dont mind we want to need you guide us and alo instuments for solar and wind how and from where in hyderabade we get . are they are available in karachi. plz respons . my relatives and friends those are sufferd from lodshading if they want your services are you will available for that. because your solar and wind system is really appreciateable .If you want my contect number i will send you but after your permision.

On 1st March 2009, at 11:18am PKT, Khalil Ahmed said:

All steps of the home made wind turbine can be seen at utube. Its very easy and interseting.
Thanks

On 11th March 2009, at 09:52am PKT, Aadullah said:

Hi everyone, it is interesting to read such a good blog, alternate energy alway attracts, I wonder if any one hear abt HHO gas or browing gas, runing car on water, I am after it, its my project since last 3 months, if anyone else is doing wht i am doing plz contact me, at asadullah@adgroup.com.pk or asadullah786@gmail.com.......

On 10th April 2009, at 11:27am PKT, home wind power said:

Hi, it is very interesting posting bout solar panel.

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On 21st July 2009, at 20:32pm PKST, safdar hussain said:

hi guys, i have some questions: how is it possible generate 1 or 2Kilo Watt of energy from a DC motor which can only generate 12 or 24 volts & 2 or 3 amperes (P = V x I) (72Watt = 24V x 3I)? can i use a car alternator or DC motor is a good idea any suggestions? where i can find good DC motors in Karachi? Your help will be much appreciated. thanks in advance Safdar Hussain

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Combine the wind turbine and solar panel is good plan for home. This plan will increase the efficiency of solar power and wind power. Especially in the sunshine area.

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