Wind Turbine Design and Construction - Homebrew Wind Power - North Carolina, March 28 - April 2, 2016

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More wind turbine fabrication fun and learning in Graham, North Carolina, March 28 - April 16, 2016. $800 per student, limit 7 students.


This is an excellent opportunity for participants to learn a variety of skills. The turbines we build are 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, homebrew wind turbines, wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and wind systems.Team

Date: Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 2, 2016

Time: 9 am to 5 pm, daily with mid-day break

Location: Handy Village Institute, Graham, NC

Cost: $800 per participant for 6-day event (limited scholarships may be available)

Size: Limit 7 participants

In this six-day hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to make a relatively quiet and durable wind turbine from scratch. You will develop knowledge and skills in basic electricity, wood working, metal working, resin casting, and a variety of other skills. During this workshop attendees will complete at least one 13’ diameter wind turbine and work towards the completion of an additional turbine, if time permits. We may install the turbine on an existing tower, time permitting, once again. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of, Hugh Piggott.

Attendees will fabricate the 3-phase axial flux alternator, wooden blades, and the metal frame for a turbine from scratch. This is an ambitious workshop so expect to stay busy! Students will not take home a wind turbine with them. Wind turbines made during the workshop will be for sale to participants by the Handy Village Institute.

Who should attend? Farmers, engineers, students and educators interested in:
Building their own wind turbines
Working in the wind energy field
Learning about wind turbine design and construction
Workshop Leader: Dan Bartmann, Otherpower, Small Wind Instructor

Dan has lived off the grid since he was a child, and now runs from a small, wind-powered workshop in Northern Colorado. has built over 100 wind turbines and helped countless people build their own. Dan is co-author of the book Homebrew Wind Power: A hands-on guide to harnessing the wind (Buckville Publications, 2009).