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Thank you for visiting our wind page. This page contains information on wind generator compatible charge controllers as well as links to tips and resources relating to wind power.





Wind Turbine Charge Controllers



Our 12 Volt Charge Controller is the perfect controller for small scale wind projects up to 2000 Watts. This controller will monitor the voltage of your batteries and switch the turbine to a diversion load when the batteries are charged. This provides both battery charging control and a way to keep the turbine under load when the batteries are charged.

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Our 24 Volt Charge Controller is the perfect controller for small scale wind projects up to 2000 Watts. This controller will monitor the voltage of your batteries and switch the turbine to a diversion load when the batteries are charged. This provides both battery charging control and a way to keep the turbine under load when the batteries are charged.

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   Understanding Wind Turbines




Wind energy is a powerful and often overlooked source of energy. Many different devices have been designed to harness the power of wind. Wind power can easily be used for pumping water or generating electricity. Our discussion will be focused on wind power used to generate electricity and devices called wind turbines.



Wind Turbines

Wind turbines are electomechanical devices used to capture the power of wind. A wind turbine converts the force of the wind into rotational energy that drives a generator or alternator. There are many different types of wind turbines but most fall within two categories, Horizontal Axis or Vertical Axis. We will look at examples of both.



Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines

The turbine design that most people are familiar with is the horizontal axis wind turbine. The pictures of wind turbines on this site are all horizontal axis designs. The free plans available are also for a horizontal axis design. This turbine style uses a familiar propeller shape called the turbine or turbine wheel. It is held perpindicular to the wind and a tail keeps it aligned facing into the wind. When the wind passes by the blades, they are forced to spin and they are connected to a generator or alternator either directly or with a gear reduction. The generator produces electricity when it is spun.



Vertical Axis Wind Turbines

An increasingly popular turbine design is the vertical axis wind turbine or VAWT. This type of turbine traditionally has no tail because alignment in any one direction is not necessary. Whatever direction the wind blows, most vertical axis wind turbines will start to spin. The rotating turbine is coupled to a generator or alternator to produce electricity.

This article is not yet completed. More information and pictures will be added soon.






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