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Windpower Workshop: Building Your Own Wind Turbine Paperback – January, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-1898049272 ISBN-10: 1898049270 Edition: 3rd Revised edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Publisher: Centre for Alternative Technology; 3rd Revised edition edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898049270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898049272
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Dougan on September 23, 2009
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I'm not an electrician or engineer, but I consider myself fairly intelligent and didn't mind the challenge of learning something new. Unfortunately this was not the book for me. While Piggot does an admirable job of laying out the basics of how a wind turbine functions and the components involved, this is not a start-to-finish guide to building a wind turbine. For example, there is a chapter dedicated to constructing (or modifying an existing) generator/alternator and a chapter on constructing an appropriate tower, but literally no information on how to mount your generator to the tower. There's information on what you need from the electrical controls to prevent battery damage, but no information on where you could get these controls or how to build them.

If you're interested in getting into wind power and have a solid engineering foundation, I'm sure this book would be helpful. For everyone else, you might want to start elsewhere.
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By bonney on December 14, 2011
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an average book for the enthuiast out there.to me there need to be more drawings, photographs, etc.for such a practical book.... that is my honest opinion.
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Not much real how to in this book. Good discussions on wind power.
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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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