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Simple Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Generator Circuit

Simple Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Generator Circuit

The post explains a simple vertical axis wind turbine generator circuit using ready made high power generator dynamo and a vertical axis wind turbine mechanism. The idea was requested by Mr. Taibani.

Circuit Objectives and Requirements

Hope you're doing well. Firstly thanks for all the great knowledge & information you have given here its really appreciated. I am trying to do a project of home made low RPM VAWT generator which can generate enough power to run one small scale factory

I need your help on winding section.

1) Correct copper winding design for low rpm.

2) Correct copper wire gauge.

3) Number of turns of winding.

4) What core material should be used for low drag ( Lenz effect ).

Please help me out & your readers with your great knowledge.

The Design

Designing a VAWT motor is not easy and might require good expertise in the field and at the moment for me this looks much complex and I have little idea regarding the same.

However for any layman the idea could be easily implemented through a ready made generator as described below:

Below is an example of a 10,000 watt dynamo which could be used for the proposed vertical axis wind turbine generator application

VAWT Motor

Instead of winding a vertical axis wind generator yourself, a simpler idea would be to configure the VAWT mechanism with a high watt generator or a dynamo through a correctly calculated gear or pulley/belt  ratio.

For example, the above shown 10 kv dynamo has a specifications of generating 10000 watt at around 3600 RPM, which implies that if the a pulley ratio of 1:100 is configured, the dynamo would be able to produce the rated amount of power with the VAWT rotating at just around 36 RPM, which could be achieved perhaps even at wind speeds as low as 5km per hour.

How to Set Up the Turbines

The following diagram shows a rough set up design for the above explained implementation:

How to Set Up the VAWT Turbines

The figure above shows a simple vertical axis wind turbine model, the vertical helical turbine is designed to capture wind flow on one half of its span while allow free flow on the other half, causing the propeller to initiate a rotational movement with high torque.

Being vertical in its positioning the VAWT does not rely on wind directions unlike the traditional horizontal axis wind turbines. This advantage makes the VAWT sustain its operations under all wind conditions regardless of its direction of flow.

The central vertical axis of the turbine can be seen attached with a gigantic flywheel, which is supposed to be a lot bigger than the wheel attached with the generator shaft.

The bigger the ratio, the bigger would be the conversion even at minimal wind speeds.

With a ratio of 1:100, the generator could be expected to be generating at its full capacity and specification, with the VAWT moving at a meager 50 RPM or even less. This speed could be in turn achieved at wind speeds not exceeding 5 to 10 miles per hour.

Controlling VAWT speed using Shunt Regulator Circuit

The above explained set up is for facilitating efficient conversions at low wind speeds, but what happens when the wind is rapid or during stormy conditions.

If this situation is not taken care of can easy rip-of the generator winding and burn it within no time.

In order to control the VAWT speed at dangerous wind speeds, the following shunt regulator circuit could be used with the output of the generator for achieving a constant speed on the generator and the VAWT.

Controlling VAWT speed using Shunt Regulator Circuit

In the above figure the generator output is applied to a high current triac shunt regulator network through a 50 amp bridge rectifier module.

The value of the zener diode determines the control threshold, which is shown as 220V in the diagram. It means under no circumstances the voltage from the generator can exceed the 220V mark, and if it does the excess power is simply shunted or shorted to ground via the triac.

This ensures a controlled rotation of the generator even at formidable wind speeds keeping the entire system stabilized and safe.

If the generator used is a  3 phase type of generator, the shunt regulator shown above could be replaced with a 3 phase shunt regulator using SCRs.

If you have any doubts regarding the discussed vertical axis wind turbine generator circuit, do feel free to express them through comments


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I am an electronic engineer (dipIETE ), hobbyist, inventor, schematic/PCB designer, manufacturer. I am also the founder of the website: https://www.homemade-circuits.com/, where I love sharing my innovative circuit ideas and tutorials. If you have any circuit related query, you may interact through comments, I'll be most happy to help!

4 thoughts on “Simple Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Generator Circuit”

  1. Hello Sir you seem to be someone that may be able to help, I made a homemade VAWT, on the bench with a voltage multiplier it outputs 21 volts DC@ 250 rpm’s but when I put it on the pole and hook it up to the battery bout all I can get with a stiff wind is 6 volts DC. The set up is 3 blades made in a Lentz configuration it spins freely with little wind, it has 9 coils wired in a star 3 phase. Do you have any suggestions of how to increase the hooked up voltage, I am only trying to charge a deep cycle battery?

    Thank you.

    • Hello Mitchell, a voltage multiplier will not help, because it will show a higher voltages with insignificant current. Make sure to design the motor so that it gives the required amount of voltage without any multiplier circuit.

      By the way what is the current output that you get for the 6V? This will let us know about the wattage of the output, if it’s high enough then you can probably try a boost converter for the required boosting.

  2. Dear Sir,
    I have done the vertical axis turbine with the 4 blades with 90 degree angle each other.Need 400W or little bit more capacity system with 12V out put.If there is a link to safe purchase Please not it.I'll try to join it with the solar system and hybrid to charge the battery back up.Calculation part also need to present in my project.I will send those things later.

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