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can a ceiling fan motor be converted to work as a turbine to generate electricity?

can a ceiling fan motor be converted to work as a turbine to generate electricity?

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A ceiling fan - induction - motor cannot be converted to work as a turbine It can become a power generator when, connected to the grid, you drive it past their synchronous speed, developing a braking torque and feeding power back into the grid. The question is what will you use to drive it. A turbine? Wind? Water? Steam? That is the hard part. Since you are talking about a ceiling fan, I presume you want to drive it with wind. Well, let me tell you, you will need A LOT of wind just to get a meager amount of energy. . . .
Apr 14, 2017
Usual motor that is in a ceiling fan is an induction motor, and my understanding is that they will not function as a generator. .
Apr 14, 2017
yes it can. My dad made one and it was quite complex. He used the motor but made new, heavier blades for it that twisted more. He then set it up to a generator somehow. I don't know much about it, but yeah its possible.
Apr 14, 2017
theoretically yes, but the amount of power it would output would be almost useless...
Apr 14, 2017

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