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A Wind Turbine Recipe Book [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Piggott
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metric edition January 26, 2011
By John
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been wanting to buy the paper version of this book for a while. I almost purchased this Kindle version (at a considerable discount), but in looking at the sample I see that it is the metric edition. If you are in the US, you might want the inches version. See the author's website for more discussion of the two versions.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need! December 5, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Very thoroughly composed with incredibly clear directions and diagrams. This book explains how to wire the stator, how to place the magnets of the rotor, how to build the blades, how to do everyting. You really do not need any other resource-Piggott is truely an expert with tons of practical advice. I'm using this book to build a demonstration alternator for my students.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DIY Wind Turbines April 5, 2011
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This book has everything you ever wanted to know about how to design and make your own wind turbine from scratch. That says it all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book February 20, 2013
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It is a good book for those who don't know much about electricity and also for those who do. I am an electrician by trade and found this book takes me back to the things I had long forgotten from my apprenticeship days when we would wind our own motors and such for lab work and experiments. I hope to build a small wind turbine this spring and I will use the info in this book as a guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 28, 2012
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I have been familiar with the wind turbine recipe book for a number of years. This book is ideal for anyone who is interested in wind turbines, even if you never envisage yourself building one, you will learn so much from all the information supplied in the book which contains the experiences and advice from Hugh Piggott, who has been involved with small (domestic) wind turbines for over thirty years. I think this would be a great gift idea for the wind turbine enthusiast in your life.
I have a paper version of the book because I am often involved in turbine building projects however I find this kindle version to be very handy as I usually have my laptop or tablet with me and can access the book if someone asks for advice on a particular part of their own project I can access the information for them handily.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wind generator construction October 31, 2012
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This is a step by step direction guiding you to construct not just a cheap wind generator but a well thought out professional device.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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There is a lot of information (and misinformation) on the Web about building a wind turbine. This detailed, step-by-step guide with easy-to-interpret drawings of a proven design is the best that I have seen. It will help even a novice avoid the pitfalls of a bad design.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of useful info - but... January 22, 2014
By Clark
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The author did a good job organizing the text into an understandable book. My only problem with the book is that is is pretty narrowly focused on one method of building a wind turbine. Some of the steps require welding. If you're like me - a big DIY'er but not a welder - you may want to skip this. There's plenty of good info on the internet concerning DIY wind power. ...and couldn't they have found a more interesting picture for the cover?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent explanations, great information! A must have for anyone interested in off grid wind turbine living.
Published 1 month ago by Robert Belding-Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars neat drawings and easy to read even on my mobile
Well described, neat drawings and easy to read even on my mobile. The info is to the point and not laborious.
Published 3 months ago by Jens Denk
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for a Off Grid lifestyle
Since we are of grid, this is a must add for the library. Technology has come forward, techniques have improved but Hugh is a platform of awesome information. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Madashell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 months ago by Mark D. Goodley
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fantastic information. Very well explained. Pity for the poor technical drawings.
Published 4 months ago by Andre dos santos pereira
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Definitely worth the money
Published 6 months ago by JOHN Q LUNDQUIST
5.0 out of 5 stars great book very informative lots of diagrams walks you through ...
great book very informative lots of diagrams walks you through everything its wind turbines for dummies. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing amount of detailed information
I really enjoyed reading this book, even though I only understood about 3/4 of it on the first read, it has everything I will need to make a decision on what wind mill to build. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim
1.0 out of 5 stars Too Complicated
A real DIY. From scratch. I'm surprised the authors didn't mine and smelt the copper as well. Not what I was searching for.
Published 11 months ago by Mark Seymour
5.0 out of 5 stars Windmills good for recharging batteries, not off grid power.
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Published 14 months ago by D. Brletich
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Born in Scotland in 1952, Hugh spent a couple of years in East Africa before being schooled at Edinburgh Academy. After graduating from Cambridge University (Mathematics and experimental Psychology) he moved to Scoraig, a remote peninsula in NW Scotland where he lives to this day. Scoraig is a windy place with no electrical grid supply and so windpower is an ideal choice for charging batteries. Starting from a very simple lifestyle with no electricity, Hugh learned to harness the wind for domestic power for all of the neighbours. Next he started writing a series of books including (recently) Windpower Workshop and A Wind Turbine Recipe Book. Hugh also teaches courses in small wind turbine construction at Scoraig and in many locations around the world. His simple, open-source designs have been adopted by groups in many countries in the developing world and the west.

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