Course Description: In this five-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a relatively quiet and durable wind turbine from scratch. Students will develop knowledge and skills in basic electricity, wood working, metal working, resin casting, and a variety of other skills. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on work, participants will learn the theory behind and how to build each component of the turbine, as well as final assembly and testing of the finished product.
During this course, participants will complete a 10 feet diameter wind turbine and learn how to scale the design to larger and smaller sizes. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems, and can also be grid-tied. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of Hugh Piggott. This design is 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, wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and the basic physics of how the energy in moving air is turned into electricity.
Participants will fabricate the three-phase axial flux alternators, wooden blades, and the metal frame for the wind turbines from scratch. This is an ambitious course, so expect to stay busy. Participants will not take home a wind turbine.
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