March Workshop 2010

The March wind turbine building workshop started today in Ballinamore, we are making a 1800mm 24v machine.

We started the day working on the blades, they are made up from six lenghts of 2×1″ white deal to give us the width we need.

Rather than buying glue we mixed up some of the vinyl-ester, this is the first time I have used it to laminate blades and it will be interesting to see how it works over time. This little turbine is going to be installed at our place so I can keep an eye on it.

 
We got the magnet rotor mould made and the magnets positioned on the rotor all ready for casting.

Laminating wind turbine blades
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Patrick’s Day Parade

This was a first for a home-made wind turbine as far as we are aware – the first self-built wind turbine in a St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The 3.1m dia turbine was made in Ballinamore at a workshop with mostly local people so it seemed fitting to enter it into the local parade.

 

We were in good company here with a few beautiful old Porsche tractors. As you can see that is us in the background – the green truck – thanks Muiris for being involved with your tipper truck 🙂

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Ballinamore Day 5

Well almost the last day we are going back on Monday to finish ( all the parisapents bar one are living locally )
All that is left to do is put on the blades and balance them then we are going to keep our eye on the forecast for some wind and put it up for testing. It’s been very calm here this week and It’s always nice to see a wind turbine you just made up and making some power. So more of the story on Monday.

Well almost the last day we are going back on Monday to finish ( all the lads bar one are living locally )

All that is left to do is put on the blades and balance them then we are going to keep our eye on the forecast for some wind and put it up for testing. It’s been very calm here this week and It’s always nice to see a wind turbine you just made up and making some power. So more of the story on Monday.

Finishing off a wind turbine blade
Pat-Joe finishing off a blade

Wind turbine
Jiim, Kieran and Muiris get the machine together 

3m Wind turbine
Now all it needs is a bit of paint

And this is the finished machine being installed