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The wind has been used to power machines capable of grinding corn, pumping water and producing electricity for hundreds years. There are records of Persian and Japanese wind machines as long ago as 200 BC. Wind power probably has its origin in the ancient civilisations of China, Tibet, India, Afghanistan, and Persia. The first written evidence of the use of wind turbines is that of Hero of Alexandria, who in the third or second century BC described a simple horizontal-axis wind turbine. From contemporary sources we also know that windmills have been used in the 11th & 12th century in England. Also from a contemporary eyewitness (1190) we know that German crusaders brought the skills of building windmills to Syria. From this, we may assume that this technology was generally known all over Europe since the Middle Ages.

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Alternator secrets
SKU: as/040/197
Binding: Booklet
The common car alternator can be modified very successfully to produce large amounts of power. This booklet is just 16 pages, but they are jammed full with modifications you can make, and what you can produce.

Learn how you can make almost any ordinary induction motor (like an old washing machine motor) put out 120 volts at 60 cycles without rewinding or internal rewiring. These secrets are worth the price of the booklet alone

£1.52
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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/230/450
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

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Windmills and Wind Motors - by F E Powell
SKU: wmawm/125/400
Binding: Paperback: 80 pages

This is a reprint of a 1910 book. Learn about different types of turn-of-the-century windmills, some of them unusual. Build a model tower windmill similar to those in Holland. Build a real power-producing windmill with three foot diameter sails. Build a 6 foot diameter windmill capable of driving a 30 watt dynamo at 16 mph.

£1.79
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500 Watt wind generator plans - ebook
SKU: fwwgp/ebook/0/0
Binding: ebook - pdf

This pdf ebook plan will be delivered via and an instant download - it is approximatley 1mb in size. The plan has details on all of the major components of a wind generator.

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Wind Power Guide - ebook
SKU: wpg/ebook/000/000
Binding: pdf

This ebook provides a guide to windpower and the use of wind turbines. It looks at the history of wind turbines. Their design and use including where best to site the turbine. The ebook also contains lots of links to websites with further infromation.

It is also available for the Kindle.
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5 Watt Savonius wind generator plan - ebook
SKU: 5wswg/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf

This ebook that will be delivered a download in pdf format. It contains two plans on building small 5 Watt 12v DC Savonius - vertical axis wind turbines (VAWT).

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Energy Saving Trust small wind power guide
SKU: estswpg/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf

Two page ebook pdf document that provides some information on small scale windpower in the UK. This ebook is a free dowload to anyone who registers as a 'standard' member.

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free - 200 watt permanent magnet wind generator - ebook
SKU: f2wpmg/ebook/000

This manual describes how to build a 'permanent magnet generator' (PMG). We can also call it an 'alternator', because it generates alternating current (AC). It will not generate 'mains voltage' or 'utility power' AC. It generates low voltage, 'three phase' AC, and then changes it into 'direct current' (DC) for charging a 12 volt battery.

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Alternator secrets - ebook
SKU: as/ebook/0/0
Binding: ebook - pdf

In the last two decades alternators have replaced generators in motor vehicles. The reasons are many: output current can be produced at lower rpm, voltage can be more accurately' controlled with solid state regulators, alternators need less maintenance, and they cost less to manufacture.

When modified, auto alternators can provide variable direct current at 0 to 120 volts for battery charging, hot charging, light arc welding, or for running AC-DC appliances and lights. Another simple modification provides AC power to run some transformer-operated appliances. If you know the secrets of its operation and the modifications possible, the small low-cost alternator can become a versatile power plant.

Surprisingly, alternators are constructed with three sets of field windings positioned evenly at 120 degree intervals inside the frame. Such construction produces three-phase AC.

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How to make a paper windmill
SKU: htbapw/ebook/000

This is a very simple two page plan to help you make a paper windmill. Just for fun....

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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/234/734
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

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200 Watt Savonius Type Wind Generator ebook plan
SKU: twswtp/ebook/0/0
Binding: ebook - pdf

The Savonius vertical axis windmill although less efficient than a conventional design does not require to be headed into the wind . This manual gives basic details of how to construct wind generator using oil drums and a car alternator or dynamo which will give up to 200 watts battery charging. The plan includes details of gearing that can be used, together with regulatedand unregulated versions using dynamos and alternators.

The plan will be delivered in pdf format. The plan has a total of 28 pages and includes website links to wind associations, and other interesting websites. 

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Darrieus Wind Generator Plan - ebook
SKU: dwgp/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf

 

The Darrieus wind turbine is a type of vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) used to generate electricity from the energy carried in the wind. The turbine consists of a number of aerofoils vertically mounted on a rotating shaft or framework. This design of wind turbine was patented by Georges Jean Marie Darrieus, a French aeronautical engineer in 1931.

This plan is an ebook and will be delivered electronically. The Darrieus wind turbine is a horizontal design and can be used in moderately windy area. The plan contains a lot of detail about construction together with a list of parts required.

Horizontal machines some times known as HAWT (Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines) are the traditional conventional design, they consist of a rotor with one to twenty blades driving a generator or a pump either directly or through a gearbox, chain or belt system. A tail vane or fantail is required to direct the machine into the wind.

They are usually more efficient than vertical axis units known as VAWT (Vertical Axis Wind Turbines). Savonius and Darrieus are two designs of vertical axis machines. This type of unit is often not situated on a tower and does not have to be directed into the wind. Materials and construction are usually cheaper than horizontal axis machines.

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Power Estimator for Buildings and Caravans
SKU: pefbac/ebook/000
Binding: Zip file of 3 pdfs

This donlaod contains three files that will help you estimator your power requirements for your house, boat or caravan. There are two Wxcel spreadsheets and one pdf file. To get the most form this you need Excel howver you can use the information to make manual calculations.

Included are the power requirements for typicall applainces. The power estimator could be used to calculate your solar, wind, or another generator requirements. The documents are in the public domain.

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EWEA review of wind energy - ebook
SKU: erowe/ebook/000
Binding: pdf

This 198 page ebook was wriiten by the European Wind Energy association. It is a comprehensive review of large and samll scale wind energy including technology, markets, costs and the environment. With many charts and tables.

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Savonius Wind Generator and Alternator - ebook plan
SKU: swgap/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf, 46 Pages

Plan of a Savonius wind generator including theory, detailed design and materials list with excellent photographs and description.

46 pages in pdf.

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Wind Generator Tower Basics - ebook
SKU: wtb/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf

You’ve decided you want to make electricity with the wind. You have your eye on a high-quality wind generator, and you’ve chosen the balance of systems (BOS) components. What’s left is the biggest and most important job—choosing and installing the tower..

This 5 page ebook (pdf) will help you understand sites and towers - well illustrated

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Free VAWT Wind Turbine Plans - ebook
SKU: fwte/ebook/000/000
Binding: ebook - pdf 27 pages

 

A great introduction to wind turbines is to build your own VAWT - a vertical axis wind turbine - which copes well with the turbulent winds typically found in built-up areas. They are typically easier to build than the more traditional horizontal axis wind turbines (the ones that look like windmills), and can be constructed from cheap easily obtainable materials such as PVC pipe and plywood. When completed this turbine easily generates sufficient power to charge a couple of rechargeable AA batteries or to light up a string of LEDs.

This simple wind turbine generator requires 6-8 hours of building time ideally spread over a couple of days to allow paint and glue to dry. Here is a summary of the materials required: 1 8 inch diameter 14 guage steel disk with 3/8 inch hole in the centre. 16 disk magnets - ceramic or NdFeB (neodymium) magnets. 750g of 20AWG enamel coated magnet wire. 2 pieces of corrugate plastic 24 x 8 inches - ideally 2mm thick, but 4mm is acceptable. ...and a selection of electronic components - diodes and resistors etc, some plywood and plexiglass, glue, paint and fixings.

This turbine can be assembled using just a screwdriver, power drill, pliers, a jigsaw, and some sandpaper. Unless you have steel cutting equipment - which most people do not! - you will need to pay a metalshop to prepare the steel disk. The rest you can do yourself.

The plans explain in detail the full construction process from making the rotor and stator, to making the frame that holds everything together and the blades which catch the wind and spin the turbine. Full wiring details are also provided explaining the difference between star and delta configurations (choose between higher voltage or higher current), and three phase alternator wiring.

These wind turbine plans are excellent and very educational. A fantastic introduction to basic wind turbine construction which can be used in the classroom or at home.

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How to build a wind turbine
SKU: htbawt/154/650
Binding: Paperback: 64 pages

"How to Build a Wind Turbine" is a 64 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.

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Lejay Manual - dynamos and batteries
SKU: lm/220/490
Binding: Paperback: 46 pages

Great bargain book of 50 “designs” showing uses for car dynamos and batteries. Make spot welders, electric fences, electric scooters, bench drills, wind generators etc. Whilst the electrical parts of the design are specific, the rest is conceptual, and you will have to use your imagination. Useful and fun! 45 pages.

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Energy Works! Home Energy Systems
SKU: SKU3273d4ea2ea82bc9029197c0aab28
Rare Australian book by Keith Smith. Three sections - Sunworks, Windworks and Waterworks. Make your own electricity, run lights, radio, television, tools and household appliances.
£20.00
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Natural Energy in Your Home
SKU: SKUe87beacca8347e2058bb6ee2baad4
An early - 1997 - look at natural energy. Chapters include - Farewell to fossil fuels. Solar energy. The solar house. Solar units you can build. Building a solar house. Power from the wind, etc.

This Austalian book is part of the Summit Series. Well illustrated.

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Rewiring Generators as Alternators
SKU: rga/ebook/000/000

Wind generators run at fairly slow speeds: usually 250 to 600 rpm. Most people who design their own wind systems are stymied by the unavailability of slow speed generators. They usually choose to use an off-the-shelf generator that is stepped up to operating speed from the relatively slow propeller speed of a wind generator. But stepping up with gears, chains or belts introduces large inefficiencies, not to mention more moving components that need maintenance. There is another way around this problem: rewinding the alternator or generator for slow speed operation.

Short ebook - no illustrations but some good information.

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Basic guide to wind power
SKU: bgtwp/ebook/000
Binding: pdf

In this application note, wind turbine technology is presented as a serious alternative for achieving sustainable energy policy objectives. Several European countries have impressive plans for the coming years for installing large amounts of wind power generation. Some governments support these actions by providing tax or investment incentives. The northwest of Europe with its coastal windy waters and fine-meshed but strong electric grid give promising opportunities for investing companies and wind farm developers.

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Wind Turbine Buyers Guide - Free
SKU: wtbg/ebook/000

Small wind-electric systems can provide electricity on remote, off-grid sites, or right in town connected to the utility grid. Although wind systems require more maintenance and need more attention than solar-electric or microhydro-electric systems, if you invest up front in good equipment, design, and installation, wind-electric systems can make economic and environmental sense. They also bring a great deal of satisfaction—there’s nothing quite like watching your wind generator convert a summer breeze or a winter storm into electrical energy.

Home Power's tour of today's small-scale wind turbine landscape. Get the big picture before you buy.

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Handbook of Homemade Power - Mother Earth News
SKU: hhp/230/000
Binding: Paperback 374

Bantam 1974 374 p. Includes: illustrations, diagrams, index. 4-1/4" x 7". Alternative energy information, collected and published during the energy crisis of the 1970s. Sections on heating and powering your home with wood, water, wind, solar, and methane.

This book features firsthand reports from people who have found ways to beat the power crisis. This is priceless alternative energy information with many additional tips, facts and ideas that you can put to use now.

£5.99
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Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future
SKU: 280208/1500/575
The prospect of producing clean, sustainable power in substantial quantities from renewable energy sources is arousing renewed interest world-wide. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the principal renewable energy sources; solar thermal, biomass, tidal, wave, photovoltaic, hydro, wind, geothermal. With the aid of 370 detailed illustrations and 50 tables of data, it explains the physical and technological principles underlying each source and examines its environmental impact and future prospects.

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One Cap Over the Windmill (Signed)
SKU: ocotw/560/000
Binding: Paperback: 127 pages

How many of us have a desire to make a home of a neglected building that is begging to be restored to its former splendour? This is just such a story - the renovation of a derelict windmill and in the process the discovery of a fascinating history. It charts the realization of a young boy's dream and, despite the numerous obstacles and problems, the successful culmination of many hopes and plans. The reader is invited to share with the author his hopes, worries, triumphs and setbacks as he strives to make the dream a reality. The saying "to throw one's cap over the windmill" means to act recklessly and provides an apt title for the book, reflecting Kenneth's impetuous pursuit of the propety which he secured and restored, seemingly against the odds.

£2.99
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green electricity factsheet - ebook
SKU: lili/ge/0

It is obtaining the electricity that you use from environmentally-friendly sources. The electricity you use in your home is probably from the National Grid. There are ways of being 'off-grid', for example using a generator, solar pv, wind, hydro, or micro-chp, together with batteries. But the vast majority of people in the UK are connected to the National Grid. And most of the electricity put into the National Grid is 'brown' - from power stations using fossil fuels (coal, gas, oil) or nuclear. But now some companies are feeding the National Grid using renewables, for example large wind turbines or hydro-electricity. This is 'green' electricity. Also included in the 'green' category is electricity from companies that use your money to research and build new renewable generation capacity, or to offset carbon by investing in projects to absorb or reduce carbon emissions in some other way.

Two more things that you need to know: Firstly, there are two types of companies involved in providing green electricity – suppliers and generators. Some companies have no electricity generating capacity, but supply the public with electricity that they have purchased from generating companies. Other companies (e.g. Ecotricity) are both suppliers and generators. Ecotricity operate around 25 Megawatts of wind turbine capacity, and also sell direct to the public. Secondly, if you switch to a green electricity supplier, you won't then be able to trace your electricity back to a wind turbine. It simply means that the more people switch, the greater the proportion of green electricity in the National Grid.

what are the benefits?

This is not about home-scale micro-generation from renewables. This is about your contribution to large-scale renewable energy developments, like wind farms, large hydro-electric power schemes, and also wave and tidal power.

There is some opposition to large renewable energy projects, notably wind farms, and we respect people's opinions about the effects of wind turbines on the landscape. We wouldn't want turbines on every hillside, but we think that ultimately, ecology (which after all, supports human life on this planet) is more important than the view. And anything that mitigates the problems below has to be explored. It's too important not to. If you switch to green electricity, you are helping develop large-scale renewable energy projects, which help counter the problems associated with the alternatives - which are:

climate change
There is no 'debate' any more. 99.9% of scientists recognise that climate change is happening, it's dangerous, and it's man-made. The media promote the idea of a debate to sell papers and put bums on seats. There is a direct link between CO2 in the atmosphere and average global temperatures, and CO2 has gone up by about a third since the industrial revolution (and is rising rapidly). You may think this means warmer summers and milder winters (good), but it also means more deserts, melting ice-caps and large-scale coastal flooding, more hurricanes, environmental destruction, famine, and the deaths of millions of people (very bad).

peak oil
Oil is a finite resource, and its use is increasing dramatically. This can only mean one thing – it's not going to be around for much longer. 'Peak' oil means the point of maximum production, after which prices increase and production tails off to (eventually) tiny amounts as we try and find the last drops from currently uneconomical fields. As most of our food (especially in the West) depends on oil for fertilizers, machinery and transport, unless we have alternative energy supplies, or you produce your own food (and manage to hang on to it), you're going to go very hungry.

nuclear power
There's not enough uranium left for nuclear power to take over from fossil fuels for more than a couple of decades. Fast breeder reactors could increase that, but they're not safe; and it's not at all sure that nuclear fusion (what happens inside the sun) can ever be harnessed, or at least in the near future. And there's the question of devastating accidents, and nuclear waste, which is highly dangerous for tens of thousands of years (and we're still discovering Roman ruins from a couple of thousand years ago!). And yet nuclear continues to receive billions in taxpayer subsidies while renewables receive next to nothing.

Who knows, there may be an invention around the corner that will solve these problems, but it's not looking likely, and it's too much of a risk to do nothing.

what can I do?

You can switch to a green electricity supplier – today. It is probably the easiest and quickest way to have a significant effect in helping to reduce the damage to the ecology of our planet.

The green electricity market is constantly changing as new players enter, new generating capacity is built, and prices change. Also, because suppliers are in direct competition with each other for your custom, there is a huge amount of marketing information out there, which can be daunting and confusing. Fortunately, there are websites to help you keep up with the changes, and to compare green electricity suppliers. As mentioned, there are different kinds of green electricity, so price isn't everything. Having said that, you can compare the tariffs of green electricity suppliers in your area by visiting Green Prices.

So, once you have checked out some of these websites and decided which supplier is the one for you, as regards their activities and the price of their electricity, simply go to their website and switch online, or give them a call. It can be done immediately, with no interruption to your supply.

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wind generator factsheet - ebook
SKU: wef/lili/ebook/0/0
Binding: ebook - pdf

Wind generators are devices that produce electricity from the power of the wind; inside the body of a generator, there is a coil of wire and a magnet. When a coil of wire is moved inside a magnetic field, it produces an electric current in the wire - the same principle as a dynamo on a bicycle, but the wind provides the movement, not your legs.

Wind generators come in many sizes and shapes, from small units found on caravans and boats to enormous machines that can power a whole village. Wind farms have many generators which produce a large amount of power. In the UK there are large wind farms in Wales, Cornwall, Yorkshire, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Cumbria. Some people object to wind generators on the grounds that they can be noisy and may be thought to spoil a beautiful view. Recently, wind farm planners and engineers have improved the noise problem considerably. Many people living near wind farms think that they enhance the view.

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