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December 5, 2008

Fisher & Paykel Smart Drive Washing Machine Wind Generator

at 5:47 am. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


I have seen a few articles about using these Fisher & Paykel Smart Drive washing machine motors as a starting point to make a wind generator. Once modified it looks to be a great inexpensive means to make electricity. Randy’s Workshop has some good documentation on how to modify these motors to be used as a generator.

"This Fisher & Paykel Smart Drive Permanent Magnet motor is comprised of a hub, stator, main shaft, two bearings and a bearing holder. The Stator is stationary and comprised of 42 wound coils. The ends of the windings are easily accessible for re-wiring. Since this doesn’t have brushes, when the hub is spun it actually becomes an alternator producing AC current."