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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.

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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Furling cable for shut-down

sent to me by: Dave & Mary Lahar, Northeast Kingdom, VT, USA 4.6 m (15’) axial with power furling 26 m (85’) guyed tower The furling actuator is mounted in the base of the tower.  It is 12VDC, travels .46 … Continue reading

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Smart Export Guarantee (SEG)

A friend has suggested that I flag up the consultation that is taking place in the UK about this new method of support for grid-connected renewables including wind and solar. “I think this is an important consultation for small grid-connected … Continue reading

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Handy Village workshop 2019

This year Dan Bartmann is back at The Handy Village Institute for their fourth Homebrew Wind Turbine Workshop, March 25-30, 2019, near Saxapahaw, North Carolina, USA. Register online and learn more about this workshop at: https://www.handyvillage.com/workshops.html. On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/handyvillageinstitute/.

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2005 wind turbine in Slovakia going strong

Michael writes: Regarding my wind turbine, what to say. I’am DIY man and it is my hobby. I have weekend house in the mountains approx. 650 meters above sea level and sometimes its pretty windy here. Inspired by Otherpower.com many … Continue reading

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V3 are doing weekend courses at CAT in Wales

It’s great to see Tom Dixon of V3 power is doing a series of courses at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales where I used to teach for twenty odd years. Public Wind Turbine Workshops 1-2nd December 2018 – … Continue reading

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Kragten 2-bladed 1.8W windmill with no iron in the coils

Here is another design document available free from Adriann Kragten.  He wrote to me: “Recently I have written report KD 664 which can be copied for free from my website: www.kdwindturbines.nl at the menu KD-reports. The title of this report … Continue reading

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