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A Wind Turbine Recipe Book

A Wind Turbine Recipe Book
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Author Hugh Piggott
Binding Paperback: 65 pages
Condition Revised 2010 version of High Piggott's famous design- new title and cover. A4 size
Publisher Hugh Piggott
Published date 2010
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"A Wind Turbine Recipe Book (2010 Metric edition)" is a 65 page A4 booklet containing full step-by-step instructions for building your own 'axial flux' alternator, carving the blades and welding a frame, to complete an 8 foot diameter, 3-bladed, battery-charging wind generator (12, 24 or 48 volts DC). Larger and smaller projects are also briefly described. There are full lists of materials, suppliers and tools for the job. The design is based on the author's 25 years of experience building, and teaching people to build small wind turbines using the minimum of workshop technology.

This is the latest edition of the 'axial flux windmill plans' as used in the courses the author teaches worldwide. The Recipe Book replaces the older plans 'How to Build a Wind Turbine' (2005). The Recipe Book is a much better structured document than the older 2005 plans. Rather than evolving 'organically' it is carefully planned to include six different sizes of turbines. Each section offers general advice combined with specific dimensions and diagrams for each of these six sizes and a range of operating voltages.

A very practical, hands-on guide to building your own wind turbine, complete with drawings and detailed specifications of all the materials and processes. Six different sizes of turbines are covered, and also three different battery voltages for each and some guidance for those who wish to connected directly the mains grid. This publication is the fruit of ten years spent teaching practical courses during which wind turbines are built and tested. Hugh Piggott has spent thirty years off grid an uses wind energy for his own power. He has designed several turbines for manufacture in developing world situations and written a very popular book 'Windpower Workshop' about the theory of wind turbine design and installation. Numerous groups worldwide have started to build wind turbines according to Hugh's recipes and to teach similar courses so as to help others to build their own turbines.

This book is the sequel to the 2005 edition of 'How to Build a Wind Turbine'

You can also buy How To Build a Wind Turbine on Amazon.co.uk click here to see >>

Information about 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. It can be obtained directly from my web site or from various other vendors in several other languages.

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