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About hugh

I live off-grid in NW Scotland and have spent my life playing with wind turbines. I also love small hydros. Hands on renewable energy is my thing and I like to learn and to share my experiences.

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Dear Hugh Recently I have written two new reports about small PM-generators which make use of the housing of an asynchronous motor frame size 80 and four neodymium magnets size 80 * 20 * 10 mm. Report KD 681 describes … Continue reading

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Greg Gibbes hydro turbines using axial flux alternators

Greg sent me some photos of the hydros he is building using axial flux alternators to provide direct single-phase AC for sites in Papua, Indonesia. Here is some information. Greg’s email is greg.gibbes@gmail.com These are single phase units, 240VAC, 50Hz. … Continue reading

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Bench testing of Kragten axial alternator

Adriaan Kragten has tested one of his small alternator designs and published results showing it is compatible with a 1.02m diameter rotor for a low power wind turbine. A new chapter 6, “Generator measurements”, has been added to public report … Continue reading

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Arduino-based controller project for the recipe 1800 turbine

Philippe wrote to me with this link: Hi, I have my own Piggott wind turbine for 2 years, a 180cm 350W. I had some trouble about the way a regulator adapts energy to a battery charger or a injector. So … Continue reading

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Workshop in Enniskeen Co Cork

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Alternative winding for K645 stator

Adriaan writes: “I have added a new chapter 6 to report KD 645 in which a 10-pole PM-generator is described using the housing and shaft of an asynchronous motor frame size 80. This generator has a stator with no iron … Continue reading

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Wind turbine building in the UK in October

Jonathan Schreiber is coming to the UK in October to teach a workshop based on my 2F design.

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Bill’s perspective on domestic grid-connected hydro payback

Being off the grid I don’t need to worry so much about “payback” since I do not pay for mains electricity in the first place and the payback to me is immensely more than cutting my running costs. But I … Continue reading

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New Facebook page

I have started a Scoraig Wind Electric Facebook page that will only be about renewable energy stuff. (My personal Facebook has some pics of wind turbines etc but also plenty of grandchildren and dogs etc so this will be a … Continue reading

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Another document by Adriaan Kragten

Adriaan continues to add to the impressive list of reports that are free to download from his web site. These provide a valuable resource to students or designers working on small wind projects. My newest report KD 672 can be … Continue reading

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