Author Archives: hugh

New blades capture 99% of next to no power in the city

An article has just come out in Engineering and Technology  describing how new super-efficient blades are going to make it viable to put wind turbines in the city. “Small wind turbines (like the one pictured above) are often installed in urban … Continue reading

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Secondhand wind turbine stuff

Joff in Cornwall still has some secondhand stuff available.  I posted about this in 2014 here.  Some of that excellent stuff remains and he is keen to give it to a good home: A couple of years ago, with your … Continue reading

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Workshop selfie video winding a coil

I don’t put enough of the stuff that goes on in my own workshop onto this blog so here is a workshop session where I am winding a coil for a repair for a big machine, and I talk through … Continue reading

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Eolocal video

Here is a nice video from Eolocal in Argentina:  

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What is it about Vertical Axis?

It has been a while since I posted about vertical axis, but I can’t help noticing that everybody wants to do it, and they keep asking me for help.  I get emails, and people put comments on this blog.  They … Continue reading

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Windempowerment maintenance manual for Recipe Book turbines

WindEmpowerment  have published a Maintenance Manual for my wind turbine designs, in free PDF download format. (Donations are also welcome.) Particular thanks to Gael Cesa of Tripalium in France for all his hard work on this.

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Tashi’s Turbine on PBS

Latest news: This broadcast will also be live on Facebook here. The film Tashi’s Turbine will have it’s broadcast in the United States on PBS on November 13th 10pm EST. Tashi’s Turbine – Documentary  Set in the grasslands of the Himalayan … Continue reading

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Jimmy winds a coil for a grid tied machine

Thanks to Jimmy of Eirbyte for this nice video Wind turbine coil winding with counter from Eirbyte on Vimeo.

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WindEmpowerment Maintenance survey

Have you answered the survey yet? Dear Small Wind Turbine User, The main problem of small wind turbines is their maintenance needs. They require a lot of care and it’s much more fun to build the wind turbine than to … Continue reading

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Interesting tower for 2.4m machine at Tempelhof Berlin

Thanks to Windrad THF for these pics of a nice 2.4m diameter recipe book turbine at Tempelhof.  Here is a link to the video of the erection process. http://www.energiezukunft.eu/projekte/inland/ein-selfmade-windrad-fuer-das-tempelhofer-feld-gn104296/ This video is a fast forward and plays 8 times as fast … Continue reading

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