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The Chispito wind turbine or "Chispito Wind Generator" is a simple DIY HAWT wind turbine. It is primarily used as an educational project for those interested in wind turbine construction, and generates little power so as to allow actual use in off-grid homes.

Charisteristics and construction[edit | edit source]

Most of the parts can be sourced in junk or salvage yards, and the construction requires minimal tools and skills. The project is designed to be open source and simple to create and maintain.

Chispito can produce 100 watts in a 30 mph wind. It can be built by two people in about three hours. Parts include 8" PVC sewer pipe for the blades, a treadmill motor for the generator, and various metal bits and pieces, including a washing machine casing for the tail.

For more information on the complete How-to, please visit the updated home page: [1]

Difficulties[edit | edit source]

Sourcing parts can be difficult for some areas. On the website, [2], we examine possible solutions to hard to find parts. Also, wind generators can pose a threat to people and animals. Always stand up wind from a wind generator and never let it free spin. The wind generator should also be connected to a load or be shorted out.

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External links[edit | edit source]

Complete home page with How-To, Tower Information, System Information, FAQ, and Parts: [3]

Licensing[edit | edit source]

The design of the Chispito Wind generator is copyright 2008 Vela Creations. This means that the design information should not be copied into Appropedia.

If you want to sell Wind Generators built to this design then you probably should consult Vela Creations or a lawyer or both.

Discussion[View | Edit]

Lawyer ?[edit source]

It is said that the chispito is copyrighted, but there is no such thing. Text can be copyrighted, not the design. If there isn't a patent on it, everyone can make and even sell it.KVDP 01:59, 19 March 2013 (PDT)

Sounds like nonsense to me. If the company has patented/copyrighted the design, then others cannot copy and use it to produce their own version. The process is to protect inventors of systems/objects/ideas from unfair competion and copying. Yet again you appear to be moving into an area of which you have no expertise, KVDP. Joeturner 02:20, 19 March 2013 (PDT)
That said, I can't find anything on their website that specifically says they have copyrighted/patented the idea, hence I'm not sure the page is accurate on that score. Joeturner 02:27, 19 March 2013 (PDT)
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