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These are links to sites that I have found helpful during my project.

General Info | Micro Wind Power Companies | Blades - General | Blades - Wood | Blades - PVC | Towers | Magnet Suppliers | Magnet Strength | Alternators/Generators | Dump-Loads | Motor Arbor | Furling | Measuring RPM | Grid-Tie Inverters | General Parts | Forums | Windspeed Maps |

General Info
http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wind.shtml - Tremendously helpful. Features multiple designs and a host of excellent resources.
http://www.scoraigwind.com/ ~ The website of Hugh Piggott, who is probably the most respected and well-known builder of DIY wind turbines.
http://www.windstuffnow.com/main/ ~ Great resource for a variety of designs and kits.
http://www.thebackshed.com/windmill/home.asp ~ General info on DIY power systems of all types
http://homepower.com/basics/wind/#WindGenerator - A good overview of the elements needed for a full off-grid power system
http://www.wind-works.org/articles/index.html ~ This website is maintained by Paul Gipe, who has written several books about wind energy
http://otherpower.com/users_manual.shtml ~ This is a "users manual" to maintenance of wind turbines.


Micro Wind Power Companies
http://www.windenergy.com/ ~ Home of Southwest windpower, which makes several popular commercial turbines, including the Air X.
http://www.bergey.com/ ~ Bergey windpower, which makes turbines from ~1kW to 10kW
http://www.windturbine.net/home.htm
http://www.marlec.co.uk/products/ ~British based company, produces turbines on the smaller side.
http://www.africanwindpower.com/index.htm
http://www.hurricanewindpower.com/servlet/StoreFront
http://www.windstreampower.com/index.php ~ sells bike generators and DC motors suited for wind
http://dragonflypower.com/DragonBlerb.htm#Prices ~ More of a DIY kit
http://www.diywind.com/Aeolus300.html
http://www.windbluepower.com/


Blades - General
http://www.thebackshed.com/Windmill/PropellerBlades.asp
http://www.reuk.co.uk/Wind-Turbine-Tip-Speed-Ratio.htm
http://www.ki4u.com/webpal/b_recovery/3_alternate_energy/electricity/wind/blades/bladedesign.pdf ~ Good overview
http://www.windstuffnow.com/main/blade_design_help.htm ~Excellent site that explains the technical details of designing turbine blades. Also has software for blade design for sale.
http://www.windmission.dk/workshop/BasicBladeDesign/bladedesign.html ~ Another great explanation of the facets of blade-building
http://www.alton-moore.net/wind_calculations_english.html ~ Online blade calculator


Blades - Wood
http://otherpower.com/blades.html ~ The best site I've seen on how to build blades
http://www.thebackshed.com/windmill/articles/ChainsawBlades.asp ~ Blades with a chainsaw!
http://www.reuk.co.uk/Make-Your-Own-Wooden-Wind-Turbine-Blades.htm

Blades - PVC
http://www.reuk.co.uk/PVC-Wind-Turbine-Blades.htm
http://greenterrafirma.com/making-pvc-wind-turbine-blades.html


Towers
http://www.alton-moore.net/towers.html
http://www.otherpower.com/towers.shtml


Magnet Suppliers
http://www.magnet4sale.com/neodymium-ndfeb-rare-earth-magnets/  ~In my experience, this was the cheapest place to find magnets
http://www.nwmagnet.com/
http://www.magnetsource.com/
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/categories.asp ~ Superb variety
http://unitednuclear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=70_79
http://www.forcefieldmagnets.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23_37


Magnet Strength
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/specs.asp ~ Table comparing the relative strength of different grades of neodymium magnets
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/magnetsummary.asp
~ Table comparing surface magnetic fields for different shapes of magnets
http://www.kjmagnetics.com/calculator.asp?calcType=block ~ Calculator for magnetic field given magnet size and distance. Incredibly useful!


Alternators/Generators
http://www.greenterrafirma.com/permanent-magnet-motors.html ~ Comparison of Ametek DC motors, which are known to be good for wind appilcations
http://windstuffnow.com/main/radial_air_core_alternator.htm ~Air Core Alternator
http://windstuffnow.com/main/alt_from_scratch.htm ~Great description of different wiring types
http://greenterrafirma.com/wordpress/dc-wind-turbine-motors-on-ebay-beware/
http://www.otherpower.com/pmg2.html
http://www.6pie.com/coilsandmagneticflux.php
http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wind_alternators.html ~ Comparison of different types of motors


Dump Loads
http://www.thebackshed.com/Windmill/articles/200wDumpLoad.asp ~ DIY dump load
http://www.altestore.com/store/Charge-Controllers/Dump-Loads-Dump-Load-Controllers/c439/
http://www.windynation.com/products/accessories/dump-loads


Motor Arbor
http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Motor-Arbor-for-your-Wind-Generator-or-ot/#step1 ~ DIY motor arbor


Furling
http://www.thebackshed.com/Windmill/Docs/Furling.asp


Measuring RPM
http://www.reuk.co.uk/Use-a-Cycle-Computer-to-Measure-Turbine-RPM.htm ~ Uses a cycle computer to measure RPM.


Grid Tie Inverters
http://ysdata.hubpages.com/hub/Free-Electricity-With-A-Grid-Tie-Inverter
http://enphase.com/products/microinverters/m215/ ~  This is the only small-scale grid-tie inverter I could find that is UL certified. It looks like it is meant for solar, but theoretically would also work with wind.


General Parts
http://www.windynation.com/ ~ Pretty useful collection of parts. They also have an ebay store.
http://www.magnet4sale.com/Wind-Power/
http://www.windgenkits.com/vcom/index.php
http://www.ebay.com/ ~ It's really useful. Believe me.


Forums
http://www.windynation.com/community/
http://www.thebackshed.com/forum/


Windspeed maps
http://rredc.nrel.gov/wind/pubs/atlas/atlas_index.html
http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/wind_maps.asp


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