Wind - Off-grid Solar and Wind Power

Off-Grid Solar and Wind-Generated Power

Topic: Wind Generator

Brain Teaser

Before I resume your regularly scheduled programming, I would like to interject a question to the off-grid community.

My question is this:

If we know that when connecting a 6v battery to a 12v battery that the one becomes over-charged and that the other loses some of its energy.

How is it that since my wind generator is turning out voltages that are lower than my battery bank's voltage, that this does not tax my battery bank?

Any argument bringing into the equation of a blocking diode appears to be moot. If the diode receives energy from the wind-side, any energy would be passed to the battery side without some other device regulating that the voltage of the battery be met first (ie. if my battery bank is sitting at 56v and the diode is allowed to pass energy only in one direction even if only producing lower voltages on the wind-side due to low-wind, this seems problematic).

The battery-to-battery example applies here, with only one exception. The wind generator (variable power source or battery) that charges the other battery (battery bank) varies in voltage from 0 to about 60+v depending on wind speed.

In fact, it is a rare occassion when the wind generator spins fast enough to create higher voltages than the battery bank, so it's rare that any real positive voltages are increased at the battery-side.

If anybody knows the answer to this riddle please let me know:


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The vertical black pipe needed to be added at the top of the tower to prevent the long blades from hitting anything.

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After trying to weld using the wrong type of wire, I out-sourced this project to a man down the road who did the job right.

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It's been four years now, and not one solitary problem has sprung up pertaining to any of the stabilizing of the tower.

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The tower was placed center of the garage peak and allowed for a full swing of the wind generator's long blades.

First Stage install vs. Final Height.


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Wind Generator

This wind generator is a 48volt and 900w 10-blade wind generator. What makes this unit unique is that it is a 2-wire unit (no rectifier needed as it's built in).

This wind generator is for sale!

Wind Generator

Early Morning Solar EnergyEarly Morning Solar Voltage.

Early Wind EnergyEarly Morning Wind Voltage.

Comparing Solar energy to Wind

Much wind has arrived in Springfield throughout pretty much the entire night. Ordinarily the wind-generator is not so eventful as are the solar panels when watching the energy flow into the batteries. Last night and this morning are the exception to the rule and provided some excitement as the battery voltage was rising without the need for the sun.

In Kansas and other middle-states that have virtually perpetual wind or periods of constant wind, I imagine a wind generator is the focus of some attention.

Needless to say though, the voltmeter shows data to the hundredths and it was amazing to watch the digits rise 3 volts even under load.

Wind Energy Wiring

My "Criminal" Wind Generator.

Politics were never included in the orginal intent...antagonistic powers-that-be have pushed the envelope so much that politics simply had to be added during that particular point in time.

Some of the incidents were documented and are on public record here.

Like this video, it's long-winded (no pun intended).

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