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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.

User experience with evacuated tube water heating

Nathan Jowett asked me to publish his article that he wrote about his solar hot water system.  I have to agree with him that evacuated tubes are brilliant, having had my own system for fifteen years now. Nathan’s Article V3.0

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Kragten update again

Dear Hugh I have written a new report KD 723 which can be copied for free from my website: www.kdwindturbines.nl at the menu KD reports. The title of this report is: “Ideas about an 18-pole, 2-phase permanent magnet generator using the housing … Continue reading

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New Kragten paper on asynchronous motor conversion

“Report KD 718 can be copied for free from my website: www.kdwindturbines.nl at the men KD-reports. The title of this report is: “Ideas about a 16-pole, 3-phase permanent magnet generator using the housing and winding of a 4-pole asynchronous motor frame … Continue reading

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Upcoming workshops with Jonathan in Germany and Austria

Windrad Selbstbau Workshops   Baue mit uns ein Windrad. Voll funktionsfähig, nach dem weltweit bewährten Piggott Design. Die einfache Anwendung nachhaltiger Technologie steht im Mittelpunkt des Workshops.  An einem Workshop teilnehmen  Einen Workshop veranstalten more 

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Some of the owner-installed Powerspout turbines that I supplied over the last twelve months

Bear in mind that the turbines are freshly installed and working so the setup is a bit rough in some cases. Most owners will do a bit more work around and about or even build a shed although this is … Continue reading

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F-series wind turbine manual available soon from Jonathan

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New chapter 9 in Kragten’s public report KD 341

Adriaan writes: “Dear HughI have added a new chapter 9 in my public report KD 341 which may interest you. The title of this chapter 9 is: “Voltage generation in a coil”. This chapter also contains three pictures of a small … Continue reading

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An up-to-date list of UK sources of materials for my wind turbine projects

My most recent wind turbine plans are dated 2014, and I don’t really make enough sales to justify updating them now but the list of UK suppliers at the back of my Recipe Book is out of date for sure. … Continue reading

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F series wind turbine designs

My wind turbine designs in recent years have used ferrite magnets and the naming system is based on “F” for ferrite (or ceramic) magnets, preceded by number denoting the diameter in metres. Hence the 2F is my 2012 design ferrite … Continue reading

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Jon Leary’s performance study of Scoraig wind turbines published

The long awaited final version of Jon’s study based on data he collected here in 2012-2014 has finally been published and is free to read or download here courtesy of Wind Engineering. An important conclusion is the the table in … Continue reading

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