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· Jack of all trades?
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First, automotive alternators are EXTREMELY difficult to make work WELL as a wind energy source. Some have make successful water turbines, though.

The best wind turbine is one you make yourself. A Scot named Hugh Piggott designed an "axial flux" design which has been VERY successful in many locations arond the world.

I searched his named and came up with numerous hits:

Hugh Piggott's home page

Calendar | Event detail :: Hugh Piggott Workshop 2011

Notes on Building and Testing Hugh Piggott's Axial Flux Wind Generator

Wind Power Workshop by Hugh Piggott

The Welcome to OTHERPOWER.COM website has numerous guides and tips for construction, and has parts available.
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