Wind Turbine Workshop with Hugh Piggott June 2012 in Leitrim

Once again we had a wonderful “Hugh Piggott – Learn to Build Your Own Wind Turbine” workshop near Keshgerrigan, in Co Leitrim. We had a great site for the workshop on a few acres of Leitrim countryside, luckily in an area that the midges were not too familiar with. There was camping accommodation available for the workshop participants who wanted to stay on site and many did camp.

We had a purpose-built, fully equipped camp kitchen – the most important piece of equipment was Sue, the workshop Cook Extraordinaire! We were lucky with the weather and were able to dine outside most days. Sue’s Alive ‘n’ Cooking Cafe, was also a very popular place to stop for a coffee and a chat during the day.

We had an international group again this year with some people traveling many miles – from as far away as Cork and China!

We built a 4.2m 48volt turbine for the farm that hosted us, using neodymium magnets and western red cedar for the blades.

We also built a 2m, 24volt turbine, using ceramic magnets and a different blade profile (also western red cedar), that we will erect at Eirbyte to monitor for the next year or so.

The workshop had a musical flair with impromptu sessions held many evenings, around the campfire when the weather permitted and in the workshop building when it was rainy.

Photos thanks to:
Hugh, Mayt, Diego and Bas

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Wind Turbine Building Workshop with Hugh Piggott on 18th June


Hugh Piggott is coming back again to Ireland this year to teach another of his famous wind turbine building workshops. Go here to see previous workshops

The venue is in Co. Leitrim near Keshcarrigan.

NEWS: see below for the good news about the reduced workshop fee.

The course participants will learn many skills and also the theory involved in a domestic wind turbine. A domestic wind turbine will be built from scratch on the course. We will discuss various mounting systems, inverters and control systems, off-grid and grid-connected systems. At each stage of the process the participants will gain hands-on experience.

Each day consists of workshop sessions with opportunities to gain hands-on experience of carving wooden blades, winding coils and fitting magnets into purpose built alternators for windpower,  wiring, fabrication, erection and all aspects which can be covered as time allows.  There is a very minimal amount of formal classroom presentation, largely controlled by demand

these courses are to teach you how to build a wind generator, so please do not expect that you will go home with a completed wind generator.

This is a practical, hands-on course where the participants will learn to build a wind turbine from start to finish, participating in every stage of the process. The course should appeal to those with an interest in learning more about renewable energy, specifically wind energy and how to provide energy for the home or farm. Ideal for people from the farming sector, general public or professional trades people who wish to learn first-hand from people who have been involved with renewable energy for years.

Price for the workshop has been reduced from €350 euro, thanks to the Leitrim Development Co we can now offer places on the workshop for the very low price of €100.

Let us know if you need help finding accommodation or alternatively you can camp at the farm for free, just contribute to the food bill. There will be one meal a day supplied for course participants, plus tea and coffee.

Booking is €100 euro, payable as soon as possible to ensure a space on the workshop, send it to us here by cheque, postal order or cash to: