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In Topic: Squirrel Cage Motor As A Generator?

25 July 2010 - 10:28 AM

This forum and thread came up on a search I did so I joined and this is my first post.

I too am interested in the feasability of using a squirrel cage fan and motor to prouduce enough electrcity to run a roof top A/C on a motor home. I think it might draw as much as 18amps on start up. So I may need a heavy motor or more than one.

The motor home is a Prevost bus that is as aerodynamtic as a brick and get's 7 mpg. The idea is do make 110 power while on the Hwy w/o running the generator. I'm not worried one bit about the added drag on his already flat front bus that weighs 45,000 pounds. I'm not an electrician to know how big a unit I would need. At Hwy speed, their should be more than enough air flow to get the motor turning. I need to know if there is a way to limit the speed of the RPM's in some fashion to prevent it from overspeeding and burning up. I fire on the roof would be difficult to exthinguish.

Any ideas on how doable this would be ?