We can all use a little more green energy in our lives at home. So when [simpler than ever to build.] — a fan of wind power — ran into durability troubles with his previous home-built turbine, he revised it to be
Outside of the DC generator motor, the rest of the turbine is made from recycled parts: a sponge mop sans sponge, a piece from an old CD drive case acting as a rudder, the blades from a scrapped fan, and a plastic bottle to protect the motor from the elements. Attach the fan to the motor and form the plastic bottle around the motor using — what else? — a soldering iron. Don’t forget a respirator for this step, folks.
A few zip ties secure it marvelously to the mop’s end, with the rudder similarly attached. If you followed along, you probably have something resembling a functional wind turbine now. Running a few wires that can withstand the elements to a charging circuit or whatever you plan to use this turbine power for is a separate endeavour. If you’re interested, we have a few ideas for low power applications.