Darrieus 2005 Windcharger – PLANS [C16015]
Although updated annually, we sold these plans first in 1978! Since then, standard automotive alternators that are used to capture wind energy and convert it to electricity have become even more self contained, cheaper and easier to install.
The Darrieus concept is easy to build from ordinary parts and does not require the fabrication of a propeller or complex blades. It’s an omnidirectional system that eliminates the need for parts and subsystems that keep it pointed into the wind like a conventional rotor windmill. The span of revolutions is suitable in low and high windspeeds for an automotive alternator with out risk of overcharging. No shutdown system is needed. The system also works well is low windspeeds and functions extremely well in intermittent winds. You can generate power with the unit just 12 feet off of the ground! Darrieus windchargers do not usually self start so the design includes starter cups on the axis to get the rotor spinning You can get quickly acquainted with a simple wind charging system and be generating modest amounts of power in no time with these plans. With a little ingenuity you can build the Darrieus Windcharger for less than $300!
Another advantage of the Darrieus system is the location of the charging system, that mounts conveniently under the vertical axis rotor.
Our plans feature detailed instructions on: -Tower Construction Guidelines -Scalable profiles for simple-to-make two blade vertical rotor
-Optional Auto shutdown Safety System
-Recommended tower height is 8 feet above ground
The completed wind charger can generate 200 to 300 watts that is stored in a standard deep cycle auto battery for 12 volt or inverted 110 volt use. This is a good first project for the alternate energy enthusiast.
Project Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate