⚠️ Caution: The windkit is still in development. Prototype not field tested yet! ⚠️
⚠️ Project is not yet recommended for reproduction! ⚠️
Welcome to the step by step construction and assembly guide of the windkit. Please read the following lines carefully to get an idea of what it means to build your own windkit.
Level of difficulty
The windkit is a electromechanical machine that needs advanced skills and understanding, or the will and dedication to learn these skills and gain these understandings. You will need skills in the following fields:
Handling wood working tools and machines such as japanese saw, wood chisel with hammer, spokeshave, plane, hand-held circular saw as well as jigsaw, file and sand paper
Carving the three rotor blades from wooden planks
Cutting the wind vane from plywood board
Handling metal working tools and machines such as wrenches, metal saw, metal file, cordless screwdriver or upright drilling machine, angle grinder and welding machine
Cutting and drilling different flat metal parts and pipes
Welding the nacelle
Handling electrician tools such as multimeter, wire stripper, crimping tools and soldering iron
Remove insulation from cables, crimp connectors, connect cables via different connectors
Soldering the coils of the stator to one coil array
- Weighing, mixing and handling of epoxy resin and hardener
Building the windkit is not an afternoon or a weekend job. We recommend: Don´t set yourself a tight deadline when building your first windkit. This way you will learn the most and reduce the risk of errors or even accidents.
Very rough estimate of the overall time required to build a windkit:
Overall time estimation: 100 hrs
Get the components: 16 hrs
Building the three rotor blades: 36 hrs
Building the alternator: 24 hrs
Building the nacelle: 8 hrs
Building the wind vane: 8 hrs
Assemble the windkit: 8 hrs
How to start the project
- Find a friend or friends who want to build the windkit with you.
- Get familiar with the bill of materials (BOM) and the tools required.
- Get familiar with the section Get the components.
- Browse through the section Let´s build to get an idea of the manufacturing steps.
- Browse through the section Let's assemble to get an idea of the assembly.
- Order the necessary components (see Get the components)
- Follow the step by step guide of Let´s build and Let's assemble.
- Enjoy: The journey is the goal.