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Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction Workshop

In a five-day workshop, Sept 23-27, Antioch College students and community wind power enthusiasts will learn how to make a relatively quiet and durable 10 feet diameter wind turbine from scratch. 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. 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. Students will develop knowledge and skills in basic electricity, wood working, metal working, resin casting, and a variety of other skills needed to fabricate the three-phase axial flux alternators, wooden blades, and the metal frame for the wind turbines. In addition, students will gain an understanding of wind energy, wind turbine design, towers, wind site assessment, and the basic physics of how the energy in moving air is turned into electricity. The instructor of the course is Dan Bartmann, co-author of Homebrew Wind Power: A hands-on guide to harnessing the wind (Buckville Publications, 2009).

For more information or to register for the course, please see the course details.