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.