This is a guide to the use of induction motors for electricity generation in remote locations. It is written as a practical handbook for engineers and technicians involved in designing and installing small water-power schemes for isolated houses and communities. This revised edition brings in new concepts developed and tested to expand the power range of application of motors as generators, to make this technology safer and more reliable, while keeping costs low and making it accessible to developing countries. It also contains a new chapter on mains-connecting micro-hydro generators. This edition also draws on the practical experience of manufacturers and installers of induction generator units working in village locations in a large number of countries, among them Sri Lanka, Nepal, Peru, Kenya and others.
Nigel Smith has been closely associated with Practical Action since he started working on induction generators for micro-hydro in 1985. He has worked in Indonesia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sri Lanka and Uganda. He has his own engineering company, Sustainable Control Systems, specializing in micro-hydro and rural electrication.