Here’s a great project that you can do either to experiment with wind turbines or to generate some energy! While the amount of energy produced is not overwhelming, this project can sure get your brain moving in the right direction.
The best thing about this project is that you probably already have everything you need lying around:
- Thick plastic bottle
- Old PC fan, bigger the better!
- A few feet of small wire
- A piece of wood about 1.5″ square and around 20cm long
- Two lengths of steel tubing that slide inside of each other, about 1/2″
- 6 Schottkey diodes
- Super Glue
- Zip ties
- An old CD
You can find the full instructions including video here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Upcycle-your-old-PC-fans-into-mini-wind-generators/
If you want to have a kid-friendly wind turbine kit that already has all the pieces you need, we sell one of those. Our kits come with full instructions and all the materials needed to try your hand at creating a source of renewable energy – a wind turbine. The kit also comes with different experiments you can try with your wind turbine once it’s assembled. Great project for summer for the kids!