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Homebrew Wind Turbine Design and Construction (6 days)

In this six-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. During this workshop attendees will complete at least one 7' and one 10' diameter wind turbine and work towards the completion of a larger 12' diameter, if time permits. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of, Hugh Piggott.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn a variety of skills. The turbines we will 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.

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

Topics include:
    •    Basic wind power theory
    •    Basic wind turbine design
    •    Basic alternator design
    •    Shop safety
    •    Welding instruction
    •    Wood working instruction
    •    Coil winding
    •    Resin casting
    •    Tower safety
    •    Siting a wind turbine


To view some details about last year's workshop: click here.

Who Should Attend? 

  •     Individuals interested in building their own turbines
  •     Individuals interested in working in the wind energy field
  •     Engineers interested in learning about wind turbine design and construction
  •     Students of environmental studies interested in learning more about wind turbines
  •     Educators wishing to learn more about this exciting field

Instructors: Dan Bartmann,, and Dan Chiras

Dates: October 2 – 7, 2012, 8 am to 5 or 6pm at The Evergreen Institute’s Center for Renewable Energy and Green Building in Gerald, Missouri

Time: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Cost: $800.00 (Students will receive a copy of Homebrew Wind Power by Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink)

To Register:  Click Here  

Materials Required:
Pencil or Pen
Lunch and drinks
Protective clothing
Work Boots and Gloves
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection


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