Direct-drive permanent magnet (PM) generators have become a strong contender in medium and large rating wind energy conversion systems as they not only provide higher efficiency and annual energy production, but also reduce the operational and maintenance cost. PM generators with nonoverlap single-layer windings provide a cost-effective design variation that eases manufacturing, reduces torque ripples, enhances voltage quality, and provides fault tolerant capability. The performance of such machines depends mainly on the proper selection of the pole and slot numbers, which results in negligible coupling between phases. The preferred slots per phase per pole (SPP) ratios eliminate the effect of low order harmonics in the stator magnetomotive force (MMF), and thereby the vibration and stray loss are reduced. This paper proposes a new three-phase winding configuration based on the 20 slots/18 poles five-phase PM machine. The proposed design is compared with the well-known 24 slots/20 poles three-phase PM machine. The comparison shows that the proposed generator offers reduced torque ripples, improved output voltage quality, and less core loss for the same machine volume. © 1965-2012 IEEE.