Monday, June 4, 2012

Wind Turbine Generator

I purchased a cheap wind turbine generator on Ebay that is supposed to produce 250 watts max. The blades are 15” aluminum on an aluminum frame. Specs say the best wind speed is 7.6 to 15 mph for best running conditions. Maximum wind speed approximately 30 to 40 mph survival conditions. This is probably when it gets its max 250 watts is right when it is coming apart! So it sure wouldn’t stand up very long in Terlingua or high gusty wind areas.
I have given it to my friend Mark MacDonald of Home Concentrated Solar Power, Home CSP;, to do some playing around testing with it. Mark has a lot of knowledge and gadgets for getting some test information. One problem is Mark’s house doesn’t have decent wind so he is looking to mounting it higher off his roof. Hopefully he will have some test numbers soon. With so much varied and inaccurate data on wind turbine output out there I am waiting on some test results before I leave buyer feedback. I imagine it will end up being a $149 learning experience but will post testing results as they come in.

On another topic I sold my Cadillac SRX. I didn't get what I wanted to for it but got what I expected to. Finally I am down to the Tahoe, Motorcycle, and side x side 4x4 buggy.


Bigfoot and Littlefoot said...

Check out TLG500 it. Best quality for smaller cabin wind gen...seriously.
Pricey but a 50# head unit has some bog magnets inside. 500 watts in 30-35mph wind...TRUE output.


JP said...

Wow it is pricey but proven as a great turbine. So far Mark hasn't done much documented testing. He fianlly got it up high enough to catch some wind but only had a enough wire to tie into his solar panels.

Off Grid R and D said...

I haven't seen or heard from my friend I loaned it out to to test. With so many wind turbines poppin up out there making claims of performance I want to get some actual numbers before disclosing the brand and seller. Search ebay, you will find it.

Off Grid R and D said...

I talked with Mark who I loaned the wind turbine to and he said it quit working. Not working as in not producing voltage. He is suppose to be taking it apart and letting me know. So less than 6 months and not working. :(