The following workshop event is being planned for the Handy Village Institute during Spring 2016:
Homebrew Wind Turbine Workshop
This is an excellent opportunity for participants to learn a variety of skills. The turbines we build are ideal for those who are interested in building their own wind power systems from scratch for fun, to save money, or for generating power in the developing world. Some time will be spent each day in lecture learning about electricity, homebrew wind turbines, wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and wind systems.
Date: Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 2, 2016
Time: 9 am to 5 pm, daily with mid-day break
Location: Handy Village Institute, Graham, NC
Cost: $800 per participant for 6-day event (limited scholarships may be available)
Size: Limit 7 participants
In this six-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a relatively quiet and durable wind turbine from scratch. You will develop knowledge and skills in basic electricity, wood working, metal working, resin casting, and a variety of other skills. During this workshop attendees will complete at least one 13’ diameter wind turbine and work towards the completion of an additional turbine, if time permits. We may install the turbine on an existing tower, time permitting, once again. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of, Hugh Piggott.
Attendees will fabricate the 3-phase axial flux alternator, wooden blades, and the metal frame for a turbine from scratch. This is an ambitious workshop so expect to stay busy! Students will not take home a wind turbine with them. Wind turbines made during the workshop will be for sale to participants by the Handy Village Institute.
Who should attend? Farmers, engineers, students and educators interested in:
- Building their own wind turbines
- Working in the wind energy field
- Learning about wind turbine design and construction
Workshop Leader: Dan Bartmann, Otherpower, Small Wind Instructor
Dan has lived off the grid since he was a child, and now runs otherpower.com from a small, wind-powered workshop in Northern Colorado. Otherpower.com has built over 100 wind turbines and helped countless people build their own. Dan is coauthor of the book Homebrew Wind Power: A hands-on guide to harnessing the wind (Buckville Publications, 2009). For additional information about the syllabus, click here.
Contact email@example.com or click here for details and to register for this workshop.