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A better solution than a car alternator would be to use a larger DC permanent magnet motor as a generator. If you want to use stuff from old cars, a radiator cooling fan motor may provide enough current as a generator. Years ago I made a windmill out of an old computer tape drive motor (Think large 1970s computer). I think the motor was designed to run from 24-48V so it put out 12V @ 10amps quite nicely at low RPMs.