Born in 1952, educated in Edinburgh and Cambridge. I have lived off-grid on the remote Scoraig peninsula in the Scottish Highlands since the mid 1970s. I have designed and built a lot of wind turbines, and also teach courses and write books so that others can learn how.
I am still very active building, installing and maintaining wind, hydro and solar systems for neighbours and other clients.
A number of organisations around the world have adopted my designs and teach courses themselves or build wind turbines. (http://www.windmepowerment.org) I spend a lot of time helping people with their projects and answering questions over the internet. I rely on sales of my books for income but to a large extent my work has become "public domain" or "open source" which is great so long as I continue to make some kind of income.
For the first time the Wind Turbine Recipe Book is available for North American readers (using inches and AWG wires) in ebook format. The Recipe Book covers all aspects of building wind turbines in a range of sizes. These proven designs combine simplicity with efficiency and reliability. These turbines are used to all over the world to provide electricity using local manufacture.
A very "hands-on" guide to every step in the process of building a 2 metre diameter wind turbine for battery charging. The turbine will produce 800kWh of energy on a site with 5 m/s mean wind speed. It uses more durable ferrite magnets for longer service life. The ebook is packed with colour photos and diagrams to clarify the text. "They can tell you more than thousand words"