wind generators made from auto alternators : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) Preparation Forum : One Thread

Many moons ago Mother Earth News published plans for making a wind generator out of an automobile alternator. By any chance is there anyone out there who has done this?

-- robert waldrop (, August 18, 1999



I haven't tryed it but:

If that doesn't work, go to the construction projects in the II library at:

You will have to work from first princples, but looks easyer than trying to make a 360 degree prop driven genset.

Good luck,

-- CT (ct@no.yr), August 19, 1999.

I know a couple of people who have tried to build home-built wind generators, not sure if they were from one of the numerous Mother Earth news articles or plans, but none of them worked for long, if they even got them working at all. Lots of work to build one, and they are under a lot more stress from wind and weather then you might think at first. Buying a commercially produced proven wind machine may seem expensive, but worth it, based on my experience. I installed my first wind generator in 1977- and it was a rebuilt unit from the 1930's. My 1940's vintage Jacobs is getting new blades this fall, and was rebuilt in the late 1970's and then used into the 1980's when we moved, and took it along. I expect it to last for many more decades with minimal maintenance (paint and grease). You might check Home Power ( as they have had some articles about home-built wind generators in the past.

-- Jim (, August 19, 1999.

Can't vouch for it but.... W

-- marsh (, August 19, 1999.

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