Wind-powered electrical generator at High Salvington

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Ashton, Roger [Author]

Publisher Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society
Year of publication 2003 Issue 33, pp 6-9

Medium Digital
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Generation of Electricity > Windpower
Wind & watermills > England > Sussex


Scope & contentTo this community in 1914 came Frank Redgrave Cripps "who was born in Liverpool Gardens in Worthing, left the town when he embarked on a career as an electrical engineer, and worked for an electrical traction company that installed the tramway systems in Liverpool, Dublin and other towns"5. By 1922 he was supplying many of the residents with electricity for Lighting from a small generating plant powered by an American style windmill (Fig.1). The following is a description of the operation taken from the Electrical Times dated 3 August 1922.


First one neighbour and then another have coveted the light, until the High Salvington Electric Light Company had to come into being to supply the needs of twenty-three of the present thirty-three residences, aJl of which are fortunately situated within a radius of 350 yards from the "works".

The chief source of power is now an American­ type windmill of 18 ft diameter, to the vertical shaft of which is belted a 3 kw Crypto dynamo, which charges a 28 cell Premier battery of 250 ampere-hours capacity (at ten hour rate). A simple centrifugal governor puts resistance into the shunt circuit when the charging current reaches a predeter.rnined limit, and the .mill, of course turns out of the wind automatically before the dynamo
r.p.m. become too high.


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