Author Archives: hugh

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.

Powerspout documents for download

Powerspout turbines do not come with paper manuals included, because the manuals are online in the Document Index.   You can find the index on the web site under “Advice and Resources”.  We put a lot of work into preparation … Continue reading

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Some Powerspout installations by customers over the last 12 months

Here is a random collection of pictures sent to me by customers with PowerSpout turbines.  In many cases they were still in the throes of installing the turbine(s) so please do not judge too harshly if they look a bit … Continue reading

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Materials for my metric Wind Turbine Recipe Book designs

With the publication of an updated 2023 edition of my metric Wind Turbine Recipe Book it seems appropriate to update my suggestions for sourcing materials.  Often the best supplier will be a local one, but I will offer some links … Continue reading

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Powerspout Pacific island installation video

Background document with photos here. All Powerspout documents and videos here

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Installing a Powerspout Coanda intake

Some good photos from a recent installation trip to a Pacific Island by Michael Lawley and his son Edward show best practice for installing their Coanda intake. Water is impounded in a small pool behind the intake so that it … Continue reading

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Estimating your head

I just did a wee video about methods of estimating head and put it on Youtube.  It’s a bit rough in places, but I hope it helps. Shown in this video are the following methods: Using a contour map (in … Continue reading

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Nice LH turbine installation

Mill sites are often ideal for the PowerSpout LH turbine.  Here is a nice one in England installed recently.

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More Photos of DIY turbine installations working well

Some recent installations that I have helped with remotely.  The owners of these turbines were kind enough to share these glimpses of the installation process, and of course they went ahead and tidied them up afterwards, but I rarely get … Continue reading

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28-pole PM-generator design by Kragten (plus added rectifier papers)

Adriaan Kragten writes: Report KD 730 can be copied for free from my website: at the menu KD reports. The title of this report is: “Ideas about a 28-pole, 3-phase permanent magnet generator using the housing and winding of … Continue reading

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Details of Ivan’s paint job

Several people have admired the finish on the turbine in my recent post about Ivan Juretic’s turbine, so I asked for details.  Here is what he told me: Hi Hugh! The blades and wooden parts of the tail are painted … Continue reading

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