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16 foot homebrew in Wyoming

“Hello again. We are in wyoming, only 30 miles from proposed LARGEST wind farm in WORLD( cherry choke project ) best wind zone in USA here.  3000 new GIANT wind generators will be installed here in  next  year.  7200 ft … Continue reading

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Free workshop in Austria

It probably helps to speak some German.  free participation in a do-It-yourself Windmill Workshop! Take advantage of the special chance!   the workshop will be soon, from 7. To 11. August in the sun park st. Pölten in the framework of the eschmiede summer … Continue reading

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Axial flux alternators overheating

I got this question by email and I thought it worth answering it publicly. Hugh, It seems home made axial flux pma’s are prone to overheating at fairly low speeds compared to conventional gas powered generators that run at 1,800 … Continue reading

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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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