Calculating Wattage

Discussion in 'Windtura Generators' started by matterpalm, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. matterpalm

    matterpalm WindyNation Engineer

    I have a old treadmill motor I want to convert into a wind turbine. I understand how to calculate power (P=IV or P=(V^2)/R) but my problem is that I don't know how to calculate the wattage for my generator because I don't understand what to use as my load. I plan on connecting the generator to a grid tied inverter but I don't know the kind of load it will put on the generator so I can't decide which watt rating I want. When the turbine is moving at a good speed I get 40V out of the generator. When I use a 1k Ohm resistor as my load my wattage is way low. What would be a better resistor or method to calculate how much wattage my turbine can crank out?
  2. windyguru

    windyguru WindyNation Expert

    Try a 12 volt car battery or two 12 volt car batteries wired in series to give you 24 volts.

    V = IR so at 40 volts and using a 1000 ohm resistor, you are only going to get:

    0.04 amps

    Treadmill motors are generally good for about 50-200 Watts. I have seen a couple very big treadmill motors in the 20-25 pound range put out over 500 Watts in high 30-40 mph wind but do not expect to see that very often. You can count on 50-100 Watts.

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