Awesome wind turbine can be made from simple materials and a little ingenuity. The Zoetrope is “A low-cost, open source wind turbine” that you can build at home very inexpensively and with materials you can find at home and down at your local hardware store. It produces about 150-200 watts of electricity, and the plans are freely available under a Creative Commons license which means they’re free to use on your own project at home.
The plans can be found here.
The Zoetrope is a vertical-axis wind turbine made from common materials such as stove pipe, metal brackets, plastic sheet and a trailer hub. Many of the materials can be found at local hardware or home improvement stores, the rest can either be made at home or purchased online. The Zoetrope was commissioned by Washington (USA) resident and renewable energy supporter Mike Marohn to provide supplemental water heating.