How to Turn old unused ceiling fans into a useful energy producer by building a Wind Turbine out of it


This 7 Part Video series shows the conversion of a old unused ceiling fan into a power generator.Part One shows the dismantling of the ceiling fan and how to wire it up.

Part Two shows how to insert a metal banding used for attaching the magnets around the stator. Part Three shows how to orient/place the magnets inside the ceiling fan housing to achieve a voltage reading.Part Four shows how to mount the face plate and create your own turbine blades. Part Five shows how to build the body to support the turbine.Part Six shows how to mount the turbine unit onto the body as well as partially lighting a CFL bulb with a quick spin.Part Seven is the final part that shows how to wire up the turbine to the diode bridge rectifier and taking it for it’s first flight.

The basic components required to build this project are An Old Ceiling Fan – We will be using the bearing that the fan spins from and converting it to a wind turbine.Metal Banding – This will be used to secure the magnets in place that are necessary for the wind turbine to generate current.Magnets – These will be inserted into the bearing.PVC Tube – This will be used for the turbine wings.Sandpaper And A Jigsaw – Used to cut and sand the PVC wings.Plumbers Piping – Used to make the stand for the wind turbine

The basic steps mentioned in the video

The first step in making a wind turbine is to disassemble the fan. Take apart all parts of the fan until you are left only with the bearing and the wires that connect to it. Once the bearing is exposed, it is time to measure the metal banding that will be inserted around the exterior of the fan bearing encasing. It’s important that this banding fits perfectly. Start with and overestimated measurement and see if it fits in the casing. Slowly trim away at the banding until you get a perfect fit.

Once the bearing has been inserted, you can insert the magnets inside of it. As the turbine spins, the magnets will spin along with it and generate electric current, which you can then use. Add the magnets and position them so they are as close to the steel wheel as you can get them. Use cardboard as a spacer to make sure the magnets are evenly distributed around the entire cylinder.


Once the magnets are secured, you can begin working on the PVC wings. You can make three or four wings for this. There are several templates you can print out online that will show you how to trace out the wings from your PVC piping. Attached the wings to the faceplate and reattach the faceplate to the bearing and cylinder.

Next, it is time to build the stand. Using plumbers piping and joints, make the stand so it will be able to rest on your location of choice and point the fan in the direction of the wind. Once the stand is constructed, attached the wind turbine to the stand and install it to your roof or another high elevated.location. Connect the wiring in once the wind turbine begins spinning, you will be able to use the turbine for your energy needs.

A wind turbine is a great way to increase the energy efficiency in your home. It is not going to make a huge difference, but it will save you on your energy bills in the long run. It’s a good way to reuse any old ceiling fan that would otherwise get thrown away.

Watch this 7 Part series on building a wind turbine out of an old ceiling fan