Scoraig Wind Turbine Building Workshop April 2013

I am holding a workshop from 20th to 27th April here on Scoraig.  All welcome.  No special skills required.  Accommodation is provided.

Saturday 20th is a traveling day and we will meet participants off the Westerbus that leaves Inverness at 17:20.  Accommodation is at the cosy Scoraig bunkhouse.  Departure is also by Westerbus on Saturday 27th arriving Inverness 10:25.  If anyone wants to come by car that is also fine but the car will not be available on Scoraig as there is no road here.

From Sunday to Friday we will be mostly working hands-on, building a wind turbine in my workshop.  I will discuss the theory quite happily but this is not a theoretical course.  Nor is it really a course about wind systems (batteries, inverters, towers, etc) although we will make a tour of some of the local wind systems on Wednesday.  Most electricity on Scoraig is from the wind and we are all off the grid.

See details of previous Scoraig workshops here and here with a video here and here. It’s a lot of fun.

Cost is £700 per person inclusive of food and board.  If enough people come I may be able to offer some discounts for students etc.  You can secure a place by sending £100 to me using Paypal or other method of your choice.  Partners may be able to find accommodation here too without attending the workshop. Please ask for details.


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.
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4 Responses to Scoraig Wind Turbine Building Workshop April 2013

  1. Robert Arkell says:

    I live in Durban South Africa and i am looking for Information on how to change a brushless electric motor or a car alternator into a wind charger. would you be able to help me with this infomation, i am a retired home hobbiest. I would realy appreciate you feed back. Kind regards Rob.

    • admin says:

      hi rob,

      I honestly do not recommend that you use this type of generator as a starting point in your project. It seems like a simple idea but you are making a lot of problems for yourself. You will do much better with a low speed permanent magnet alternator. Not easy to find or make perhaps but easier than working with the more easily found alternators by far.

      So I recommend you start by doing some reading of the literature about making small wind turbines, and this will save you re-inventing the wheel and falling into all the pot-holes that are in your way if you are not willing to learn from those who have gone before.

      Have fun!


  2. wind turbine says:

    sounds good but 700 still too much for me.

  3. Resm says:

    Good idea for leisure time. Very interesting.

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