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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.

Workshop in German and Webinars in German and English

Jonathan Schreiber is active teaching about small wind turbine Webinar How can we build a small wind turbine and use it for off-grid energy supply? Deutsch Webinar mit Jonathan Schreiber  30. März 2022    18:00-20:00 English Webinar: Friday, April … Continue reading

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Wind turbine building kits for sale in Colorado

Mark: “[email protected]”, Livermore, Colorado 80536 is selling up a load of useful stuff from his place in Colorado.  Please see his web pages 8T – 7 Starter Kits – One set of 3 fiberglass turbine blades for a 300W to 600W, … Continue reading

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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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Mountain top turbine still going strong

In 2108 I reported a turbine build in Croatia by Ivan.  It’s based on my ideas but Ivan added some engineering refinements.  He just wrote to report that it is still going strong without problems. That turbine works perfectly, for … Continue reading

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Comparing plastic turbine runners with cast metal ones

I had a message today from a customer who has 3 turbines from 3 manufacturers.  After a few years running he has this observation to make: I have been very pleased with the PS and its nylon spoons which, even … Continue reading

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Eoltec turbine for sale in England

Eoltec 6kW wind turbine complete with tower and inverter for grid connection for sale in Lincolnshire LN13 9TL.  It has worked well for ten years but needs some servicing. Alan writes: It is most likely that the Yaw bearing on … Continue reading

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New 3.6m ferrite windmill on Scoraig

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A couple more PowerSpout turbine installations where customers have sent photos

These are both budget systems.  Installed since my last post in February. The first is a low head site in the UK.  160mm PVC drainage pipe works well if properly supported.  This one is grid connected using a Ginlong Solis … Continue reading

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