Wanted: PVC Free Junkyard Wind Turbine

You can greatly exceed the $1 per watt price of new wind power systems by building your own homebrew wind turbine generator. [Update: I really meant that you can get the same value for a fraction of the price, but you probably understood that anyway. Typical small scale retail systems are more like $4 per watt.]

If that sounds impossible, consider the following how to video at autolayne’s YouTube channel. Here’s a direct link to the video, one of a four part series. Description:

“Step by step how to make your own wind generator using basic hand tools.”


My only quibble is that PVC pipe should be avoided. Excerpt from the Greenpeace toxics PVC database:

“PVC was completely avoided in the Sydney 2000 Olympic stadium seating and plumbing. The multi-use arena had no PVC in the seating, cabling, floor coverings, wall finishes or plumbing. If it can be done at the Olympics, it can be done anywhere!”

Check out the details at this About PVC page, read about safe alternatives, or watch Sam Suds and the Case of PVC: The Poison Plastic animation.

See the Sam Suds video at YouTube if the Flash version isn’t playable on your system.

3 Responses to “Wanted: PVC Free Junkyard Wind Turbine”

  1. Les and Jane Oke Says:

    Hello,
    The complete plans are available at the following website if your readers would like to build their own
    Build A Wind Generator

    All the best,
    Les and Jane

  2. Build A Wind Generator » Blog Archive » PVC wind generator blades to build a wind generator Says:

    […] Wanted: PVC Free Junkyard Wind Turbine By PermaKent You can greatly exceed the $1 per watt wind power price of new wind power systems by building your own homebrew wind turbine generator. If that sounds impossible, consider the following how to video at autolayne’s YouTube channel. … […]

  3. Nigel Says:

    Great information thanks heaps

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