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Grid-tied 2F windmill self-construction project with Jonathan in Austria

Small wind turbine Do-It-Yourself Workshop incl. Installation Windmill type:  2F 16p piggott (2m rotor, grid feeding) Location:  FH Technikum / Energieforschungspark Lichtenegg Participants:  15 people Country:  Austria Date:  Spring 2017 The machine is currently under test alongside some larger ones and doing well. For an ebook with … Continue reading

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Build a Small Wind Turbine with Kostas Latoufis in Portugal August

One Week Course: Build a Small Wind Turbine with Kostas Latoufis August 21 to 27 2017, Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo, Portugal The wind turbines built in the workshops are based on the designs of Hugh Piggott, a renewable energy expert living in … Continue reading

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TALLER DE FABRICACIÓN DE AEROGENERADORES Argentina

TALLER DE FABRICACIÓN DE AEROGENERADORES / CÓRDOBA 2017 Evento que se celebrará a la hora, en la fecha y ubicación siguientes: Sábado, 24 de junio de 2017 a las 09:00 – hasta – Domingo, 25 de junio de 2017 a … Continue reading

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Arduino based PWM diversion control system

I am a bit fanatical about using surplus energy from wind and solar systems.  I just had an article published in Home Power magazine about this subject. I like using Tristar controllers in diversion mode and then triggering more usable … Continue reading

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More free designs at kdwindturbines.nl

Adriaan Kragten writes: Dear Hugh Recently I have developed two new small VIRYA wind turbines with axial flux generators, the VIRYA-1.25AF and the VIRYA-1.81. The design reports and the drawings can be copied for free from my website: www.kdwindturbines.nl.  A folder … Continue reading

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Scoraig 2017 wind turbine workshop photos

On this year’s course we built a 2F machine but with 16 magnets instead of the usual 12.  I have a cheap source of these smaller magnets.  The 2F is a “2 metre diameter Ferrite magnet wind turbine” which is … Continue reading

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What’s a kiloWatt and a kiloWatt-hour?

I see a lot of people talk about energy and power using terms like “kW per day”.  Let’s be clear with our language.  kW is a measure of power. Power is actually the rate of energy use.  Energy is power … Continue reading

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Secondhand Proven 2.5kW 48V turbine

I have been asked to mention a 2.5kW Proven wind turbine (nowadays “KingspanWind”) that is available factory reconditioned.  I installed this turbine in the Highlands in summer of 2004, charging a 48V battery as part of a hybrid power system … Continue reading

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More secondhand stuff

People often let me know when they have secondhand stuff that might be of interest, and I am very happy to mention it here.  Often it finds a good home.  I got two emails today. Neil on Barra has three windyboy … Continue reading

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Still time to get a place on the Scoraig Workshop 15th April

I will be holding a wind turbine building workshop here at my home on Scoraig from 15th-22nd April 2017.   Kostas Latoufis will be helping me this year.  Most of the places are taken but there is just room for one more, … Continue reading

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