Is my motor suitable for generation?

Discussion in 'Windtura Generators' started by smash, Dec 15, 2010.

  1. smash

    smash WindyNation Engineer

    Hi all,
    I am new to wind turbines and have done some research online, the question I am asking is the suitability of a motor as a generator?
    The specs are as follows:

    Volts: 240
    Amps: 6.2
    Rpms: 1440
    Hz: 50
    Single phase

    To my calculations it would produce 60 volts at 450 rpms, if 450 rpms is achievable.
    I live in southern Australia, Victoria near Geelong, I am surrounded by open fields and wind here is quite good, average I guess around 30 kph, with gusts up to 130 kph at times.
    I have 15 arces and the power supplier has forced me to self regulate to only 40 amps by use of a 40 amp circuit breaker, so any extra power would be great, i have looked at solar power and it seems a waste of time unless you have $100,000 to spend and 50 years to wait for the investment to pay off!

    Any help would be great!
    thanks in advance
  2. windyguru

    windyguru WindyNation Expert

    Is it a permanent magnet motor?
  3. smash

    smash WindyNation Engineer

    I am not to sure it appears to have many pencil size magnets with copper wire running along side of them, I guess there would be about 50 of these fixed to the outer casing.
    It also has stamped on,

    Class: e
    Rating: mcr

    It's an Australian made motor.
  4. windyguru

    windyguru WindyNation Expert

    It seems that it is a PM motor. Magnets and copper is what is inside one of these.

    Can you hook up a voltmeter to the wires and read AC voltage just to make sure the motor does indeed work.

    You will need a single phase bridge rectifier in order to go from AC to DC.
  5. smash

    smash WindyNation Engineer

    Thanks windy you are a valuable asset to this forum.

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