Is it possible to use a car starter as a wind generator?

Hi; Car and wind power experts,
Is it possible to use a car starter as a wind generator? if it is, what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Many people use treadmill DC motors as wind generators, I guess that a car starter is DC motor also, so can be used as a wind generator, I could be completely wrong.


3 Responses to “Is it possible to use a car starter as a wind generator?”
  1. John says:

    Slinky, Ric F answered your question and his answer is valid, but a car alternator can be used to generate wind power, but without a makeover it can’t do a very good job, a Wind Belt will do as good, with less wind.

    There are very few good, cheap HVAT’s out there because of their need to be placed in a high, stable wind environment over 10mph on average. (HAWT=Horizontal Axis)

    A VAWT on the other hand, can start up with as little as a 4.4 mph wind and start generating electricity with only 5.5 to 6 mph. (VAWT=Vertical Axis)

    Any armature/field motor, starters and generators/alternators, used to build a wind generator, will require a lot of wind to power the blades/vanes to get it to turning fast enough so it can generate any usable current. This can be a real problem because of the rpm’s, and wind speed/power necessary to get some meaningful energy from this kind of motor.

    A permanent magnet motor, some have magnetic levitation to reduce drag and heat, can do a lot for a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine, but not as much for a Horizontal one.

  2. Slinky says:

    No but you can use the generator. A starter uses energy to turn the engine until combustion is established.

  3. Ric F says:

    Are you wanting to use a car starter as a fan motor? If so, don’t bother. A car starter will overheat. It is not designed to run continuously. If you want to generate power from the wind, then you would do that with an alternator. If it were profitable, someone would be doing it already…..
    Advantages: cheap, easy to find, pre-assembled.
    Disadvantages: high rpms required, gears or pulleys needed, low power output, slip rings need maintenance.
    Suitability for Wind Power: POOR

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