DIY Green Energy For Homes

Wind Turbine Kits

Nowadays, wind generated power is an elegant, clean choice for any homeowner. If you are seriously keen about adopting wind technology to power your home, it’s important that you learn about wind turbine kits.

Wind turbine kits are especially useful if you’re considering building the turbine your self. You will save a lot on set up costs and energy bills in the long run.

More importantly, there are many ways in which you’ll contribute to the reduction of the carbon footprint, thus preserving the environment.

More than anything else, you need to consider the suitability of your home for wind power before forking out your hard earned money to purchase a wind turbine kit. If you reside in an area that doesn’t see much of wind throughout the year, then there’s little point in considering wind power, in which place you might want to consider another green alternative.

You should carry out a wind resource assessment to locate the best place for installing a wind turbine. When a suitable place is located, you may purchase the wind turbine kit.

Types of wind turbines

Wind turbines are of two main types: the vertical axis and horizontal axis turbines. Horizontal axis turbines are more commonly used than vertical turbines. The key components of a wind turbine kit are the turbine itself (tower, blades), rotor shaft, inverter, charger, and the electrical generator.

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The electrical generator is placed at the tower top in the direction of wind, which is driven by the to rotation of the blades to generate power. Previously, a wind vane was used on smaller turbines, but it has been abandoned on most makes of modern large wind turbines. Larger horizontal axis turbines come with sensors and servo motors plus a gear box for faster rotation of blades to drive the generator.

Turbines vary in size. Smaller single turbines usually generate up to 100 kilowatts or below, and are used to power homes, telecommunications base stations and water pumping systems. In some remote areas that are off-grid, they may be used as hybrid wind systems, together with batteries, generators and photovoltaic systems.

Larger turbines can generate up to several megawatts and are assembled on wind farms. They contribute a number of megawatts to the national grid.

How wind turbines work

Wind turbines produce electrical energy from kinetic energy using a simple principle: two or three propeller blades are turned by wind around a rotor. Electricity is then produced by the generator when it spins due to the rotation of the main shaft that is connected to the rotor.

To maximise the amount of energy that can be converted, a turbine is mounted on a tower that is over 100 feet high, where the wind is faster and less turbulent.

Ensure that when you are buying a wind turbine kit, you purchase the whole package consisting of different parts in bulk, not as individual parts. It’s important to note that while wind power costs have drastically reduced over the years, the initial investment in the technology is still higher than other fossil based energy sources, but cheaper in terms of environmental impact.

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