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Hugh Piggott - Scoraig Wind

Hugh Piggott - Scoraig Wind

About the author  - Hugh Piggott

Windpower fanatic. Born Scotland 1952, educated Edinburgh and Cambridge. After graduation in 1974, went 'back to the land' at Scoraig in NW Scotland where I remain. For 4-5 years I did without electricity. Married with children (now grown up). Built my own house. Grew vegetables and kept cattle.

In 1978 I got seriously bitten by windpower. I have used wind and solar power for my own electricity ever since that time. I have designed, built and sold small wind turbines in sizes from 3 feet to 15 feet in diameter. These supply electricity to the population of Scoraig (about 100 people) and beyond. I had to learn the essentials of aerodynamics, electrical engineering and all other aspects of small wind turbine design.

During the early 1980s I started to write up my experiences and published some booklets. Took guided tour parties around the small wind systems of Scoraig. In 1986, helped to found a secondary school here, and gained experience in teaching physics, mathematics and computer skills. My firsts widely known publication was called 'Scrapyard windpower realities' but this is very hard to find now.

In the late 1980s I decided to broaden my perspective, and I started to do some work with wind turbine manufacturers, testing and developing machines, in the demanding conditions we have here. Built up a connection with the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, teaching windpower at their four day courses twice each year. Stopped milking a cow and bought a fax machine.

In 1995 I was hired (as part of an aid project) to design a wind turbine for local manufacture in Zimbabwe. The design prototype was successful and has lead to a company 'African Windpower' being set up to manufacture the wind turbine. Good design was important in this process, but equally important was the ability to provide clear drawings and instructions, and to train personnel in Africa during my short visits to the country. In 1999-2000 I traveled to Sri Lanka and Peru, on another aid project for a different organisation 'Intermediate Technology'. In both countries I have successfully trained local people to build alternators for small wind turbines. The project is ongoing, involving preparation of a manual for construction. Since then I have assisted similar projects in Ghana and Nicaragua.

I have also installed several direct AC hydro systems, mostly on the island of Eigg. I find hydro very exciting because it provides much more energy at lower cost (on a good site) than wind power, and you do not always need batteries. I have written a report outlining how to power the whole of Eigg with small renewable systems, but they decided in the end to build a centralised mini-grid system.

In 1999 and 2000 I was chosen as the renewable energy consultant to the BBC's Castaway 2000 program. I designed and installed a wind and hydro system which kept the castaways supplied with electricity throughout the year.


I have written a number of short books about building small wind turbines, culminating in a longer one 'Windpower Workshop' (CAT publications 1997) which has sold over 6,000 copies, and is becoming increasingly popular. Also 'Choosing windpower' (CAT 2006)a guide to designing and purchasing small windpower systems.


From year 2000 onward I started teaching workshop courses to small groups of people all over the world. During each course we built at least one functioning wind generator and erected it for test.

Axial flux plans

I wrote a manual for the courses entitled 'How to Build a wind turbine" (the axial flux windmill plans), and this is now selling very well indeed. The latest edition 'A wind turbine recipe book' describes how to build six different sizes of wind turbine. 


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Hugh Piggott's publications on Amazon.com


Brakedrum Permanent Windmill Plans
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Binding: ebook - pdf

Brakedrum windmill plan by Hugh Piggott. 32 page manual showing how to build a permanent magnet alternator. Not the best reproduction of a plan, but it's free and a good source of information. And it's written buy Hugh Piggott.

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Axial Flux Windmill Plan 2002
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33 page plan for an axial flux windmill by Hugh Piggott. Excellent diagrams and description.

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How To Build a Wind Turbine 2003
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How To Build a Wind Turbine 2003 By Hugh Pigott. Great Diagrams and detail. all for free.

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A Wind Turbine Recipe ebook - The Axial Flux Plans - Metric
SKU: wtrb2014/ebook/000/599
Binding: ebook. Two versions in Download - PDF and epub
Construction manual for wind turbines for battery charging. From 1.2 metres to 4.2 metres diameter. All aspects including carving blades from wood, making the alternator using permanent magnets, welding the frame. All done with simple tools. These recipes are used by many groups and individuals around the world. Available as PDF and EPUB.
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