Category Archives: construction

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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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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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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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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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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