Chris Olsen has made a nice series of web pages and a video describing how to build a high voltage (48-150VDC) turbine with diameter around 3.2-3.5 metres. This works nicely with the Midnite Classic controller to charge batteries.
More from Chris here.
“Hello there from Wyoming.
Just a note to let you know we live in remote Wyoming at 7000ft.
We bought over 4000.00 in junk wind generators, all popped and fly off pole.
We have LOTS of wind, we can get 3 days and nights of 70 mph plus winds here.
My son bought your plans book and built your windmill. we now have two.
SO far they have lasted over 2 years no trouble at all. We get temps to 38 below Zero here and they still work perfect.
Here is a picture.
Thanks Very much
I am planning to hold a course here on Scoraig at the end of April. We’ll build and test a wind turbine as usual. Accommodation is provided from Saturday 26th April to Saturday 3rd May. These will be the arrival and departure days. The course will run for six days from 27th to 2nd. Your partner may be able to find accommodation here too without attending the workshop. Please ask for details.
See photos of 2012 course and 2013 course and a video. Cost will be £750 including accommodation. I may be able to offer a limited number of student discounts if there are enough people paying full price.
Contact me for more details and to book a place. I do not plan to travel around teaching courses this year as I have done over the last 12 years or so. This may be your only opportunity to be taught by me personally, although there are several other groups worldwide offering courses based on my Recipe Book or derivatives of it.
Here is a document describing the steps to obtain Feed in Tariffs in the UK for a hydro turbine. The process is not controlled by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme as for small wind and solar projects. It’s still a bit of a paperchase, but you can qualify for these tariffs for installations using Powerspout turbines either on or off the mains grid.
Download guide to obtaining Feed in Tariffs
More about Powerspout turbines:
Powerspout turbines typically cost about £1000 including delivery. However it is essential to get a turbine that matches your particular site conditions. The turbine is only part of the whole system that can give you 24 hour power on or off the grid. I can advise how to put a system together. Microhydro is a very rewarding form of renewable energy in terms of what you get from what you put in. I have designed and installed numerous systems over the last 20 years. I would use one myself if I had a suitable site!
Powerspout is a good choice for DIY installations. Contact me if you are interested in more info, and/or go to the powerful calculator site and enter your site details for a full design calculation. Forward the calculation results to your email, and also copy me in by selecting “Scoraig Wind Electric” from the drop-down menu of dealers.
With great success, the first partner project between I Love Windpower Tanzania (ILWPT) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK branch at the University of Warwick took place in September 2013 in the village of Kemgesi, Serengeti region, Tanzania.
The new partnership (facilitated by James Low of Wind Empowerment) saw the two groups install a 1kW wind turbine to provide electricity for a girls boarding school at the Dr Omar Ali Secondary School.
Read the whole story here at “I love Windpower”
goodbye 2013, hello 2014
Tripalium held 17 training courses in 2013. One of the highlights of the year was Hugh’s
visit in May followed by the annual meet-up of the thirty odd people who make up
Tripalium. A maintenance guide has been completed and progress is ongoing on a new
version of the manual modified to be more adapted to the French audience.
2013 also went out with a storm, Hurricane Dirk managed to bend one tower, throw-off
one tail, and overload a grid-tied regulator. The bent tower was attributed to the upper
guy wires not being tight enough; the tail was most likely caused by a light disequilibration
of the blades; as for the regulator, we are asking SMA to replace it under
warranty. Not a great way to start 2014.
For 2014, the new manual is nearing the finish, even if correcting the last details will
probably take several months. The wireframe for a new website has been done, so a
new website should be online before the summer. Also this spring, using the new
maintenance guide as a model, we are planning to do our first e-learning video. If this
works well, perhaps we will try to capture some of the steps of building a turbine on
video with clear explanations to each step. And not to forget there are already six
training course dates fixed for 2014.
Ampair, the Dorset-based wind turbine manufacturer, is pleased to announce that it is in exclusive negotiations to acquire Westwind, the Belfast-based wind turbine manufacturer. Ampair, with over 40-years’ experience, is the UK’s oldest manufacturer of wind turbines. Westwind relocated from Australia to the UK several years ago and now offers the widest range of MCS certified turbines of any manufacturer.
Ampair’s managing director David Sharman said “this acquisition immediately enables us to offer a wind turbine solution from 100W through to 20kW, which is a unique position and which will be to the benefit of our worldwide client base. Ampair’s smaller turbines and Westwind’s larger MCS-certified turbines neatly span the full range”. Andrew Graham, managing director of Westwind said “This is an important step for both companies. We have long been impressed by Ampair and it became clear that they were the natural partner for us with their strong engineering and worldwide sales”.
Staff of both companies have been kept informed and operations will continue at both sites. This announcement is being made so that suppliers and customers can be kept informed. With immediate effect Ampair/Westwind turbines are available; from the smallest 100W-600W units for powering scientific equipment and yachts, through 5kW and 10kW turbines for householders, to the larger 20kW turbines of interest to farmers, small businesses, telecoms applications and off-grid communities.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ampair.com
The MCS approved list of small wind turbines includes 31 models, but none of them are vertical axis any more.
Quiet Revolution QR5, the darling of the architects, is no longer listed there. Instead the company have quietly shifted to marketing a chinese machine, the Hy5
A news story about the quiet revolution turbine “£48k wind turbine creates £5 of power a month”. Bad siting of poorly chosen technology has proved another huge embarrassment for the wind industry once again. Mick Sagrillo’s comment: “So, what’s your problem? It’s a VAWT. They don’t need tall towers or exposed sites, remember?”
Meantime James Alan Rowan of Mag-Wind has been indicted for his fraudulent activities around vertical axis hype and nonsense.
But there is still a lot of vertical axis hype around on the web, and people still seem to love it.