Piggott wind turbine workshop

On the recommendation of Bob (http://gratefulfrog.net/) I attended a week-long course to build a Piggott wind turbine in Valence.

I have known Piggott’s book for a long time and jumped at the opportunity to build one.

 

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Blades are hand-carved out of red cedar, the generator is cast in polyester and runs on a drum brake bearing, the frame is welded steel tube.

I didn’t like the quality of my welds, but on Friday we raised & lowered the wind generator in 10m/s+ winds. The design has a ruggedness that is fairly impressive.

I really enjoyed the wood-carving technique.

Ended up driving back through the snow with a small wind turbine in my car.

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More pictures at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/lievenstandaert/

 

 

Links:

http://www.tieole.com/

http://www.scoraigwind.com/books/books.htm

 



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