Author Archives: hugh

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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Have we got our priorities right?

I can’t understand a society where people are pleased and proud to own a fancy car that will never pay for itself, and pollutes the planet, but hang their heads in shame if their wind turbine does not pay for … Continue reading

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Fixing a 2F turbine on Scoraig

The other day I had to take this 2F windmill down because it had stopped working. Turning slowly as if on the brake.  It’s a few years old and I thought most likely the flexible wiring inside the tower had got twisted up … Continue reading

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Wind turbine workshop in North Carolina, USA

Handy Village Institute, 5840 Jewell Road, Graham, NC 27253 are hosting a wind turbine building workshop with Dan Bartmann of Otherpower March 20 – 25, 2017.

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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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