Would an automotive alternator (specificly GM) operate in a wind generator application without charging field?
I have details to build a wind generator which from what I see, the field gets no power and the regulator is not used. Wiring goes from the hot lead at the back of the unit and a ground from the case to an inverter to convert to 110 V AC. Is it even remotely possible that this will produce electricity? To my knowledge you need a charged field for either an alternator or generator to operate.
Answer by Mad Jack
This could work with some modifications. You could use the GM alternator and voltage regulator to charge a 12 volt battery pack and then connect your inverter to the battery pack. The GM alternator would work well because it has an internal voltage regulator which would make the wiring easier.
You would also need some sort of gearing or pulley system to increase the RPM of the alternator to about 2000 RPM during normal operating speed of the windmill.
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