4.8m wind turbine update

We ran a Build Your Own Wind Turbine workshop in 2009 where we built a 4.8m wind turbine. Now after four years it looks like the turbine might be flying in the new year. The mast has been made and the steel is undercoated. Next big job is to get the mast up the hill and that will be quite an undertaking. Another job is to wind new coils for the alternator, the coils were originally wound for a battery system (24vDC) however now the turbine is to be grid connected so it needs new windings in the alternator.

The frame
The frame
Base of mast beside tractor front wheel
Base of mast beside tractor front wheel
Hinges to be bolted to the ground plate
Hinges to be bolted to the ground plate
Base
Base
mast and gin pole
14m mast and gin pole

Presidential visit to Lough Graney Youth Club in flagmount Co Clare

The President of Ireland Michael D Higgins unveiled a plaque for the ‘Tree of Generations’ sculpture made by Lough Graney Youth Club.
Tree of Generations' sculptureOur involvement was working with the Youth Club to explain how the small wind turbine works. First they wound the copper coils for the alternator, they painted the blades, then they designed and painted the beautiful Peppa Pig tail. The turbine is a Hugh Piggott design 1200mm and charges a small battery with the help of a little PV panel and a few LED lights are run off the system.

Margaret Curran
Artist Margaret Curran

Wind turbine workshops in Portugal

The workshops will be in English with a simultaneous translation to Portuguese.
They will be held at Quinta de Darei, Mangualde near Viseu in the center of Portugal.

Introduction to wind turbines and off-grid living workshop
23rd an d 24th March 2013 (70€)

Building a Wind Turbine workshop
25th to 31st March 2013 (300€)

Each workshop can be attended separately.
Price includes the workshop, materials, food and accommodation.
Registrations are due before 18th March.

Click here for booking
Sítio workshops

Workshop in Portugal Video no5

This is a wind turbine building workshop we taught in Portugal last September. Video no5 of 5.

We are going back there this March to teach another workshop on the 26-31 more info will be available on the Sitio website

The end of a beginning – Wind turbine workshop EP5 from Logic is Overrated on Vimeo.

Want to find out more? | Quer saber mais?
Teachers | Professores: Eirbyte Renewable Energy ( eirbyte.ie )
Hosts | Organização: Cooperativa Sítio ( sitiocoop.com )
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Soundtrack | Banda sonora: "Banish" by Sláinte (http://www.irishband.com/slainte/index.htm)