A $30 DIY Wind Turbine You Can Build For Your Homestead

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Want to know how to build a DIY wind turbine with as low as $30? If you want a source of renewable energy in your homestead, this wind turbine for the home project is for you! There are different types and designs for wind turbine but we will take on the more common vertical wind turbine. It’s a small wind turbine which could set the stage for more DIY wind turbine projects for you. Read on to find out more about this DIY wind turbine!

DIY Wind Turbine on a Budget for Your Homestead

Awesome: Build This Open Source DIY Wind Turbine for $30

Getting started with home wind energy projects can set you back a pretty penny if you buy a finished product, but if you’re a little bit handy and don’t mind scrounging for materials and getting creative in the garage or backyard, you can try your hand at building one of these DIY wind turbines for about $30 in materials. After all, it is the #iheartrenewables week!

We’ve previously covered Daniel Connell’s open source concentrated solar collector plans, but now he’s back with another great DIY renewable energy project, a vertical axis wind turbine based on the Lenz2 lift+drag design. Connell’s design calls for using aluminum lithographic offset printing plates to catch the wind, which he says can be obtained cheaply (or possibly even free) from an offset printing company, and a variety of hardware and a bicycle wheel.

“The turbine uses the ~40% mechanically efficient Lenz2 lift+drag design. It is made entirely from scrap materials except for the bolts and pop rivets, and should cost about $15-$30 for the three vane version, which can be made by one person in six hours without much effort.” – SolarFlower

Other than basic tools, including a hand drill, you’ll need to buy or borrow a pop riveter and some assorted hardware (bolts, nuts, and washers) to construct this device. According to Connell’s notes, this DIY wind turbine, which can be built in either a three vane or six vane version, has successfully survived sustained winds of 80 km/h (three vanes) and up to 105 km/h for the six vane version.

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