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Small Wind Turbine Design and Construction Workshop
September 21-26, 2015

Antioch College
One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

Price of six-day workshop: $800

Course Description: 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. 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 12 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 alternator, wooden blades, and the metal frame for the wind turbine from scratch. This is an ambitious course, so expect to stay busy. Participants will not take home a wind turbine. The turbine made during the course will be for sale to participants, however.

Instructor: Dan Bartmann, co-author of Homebrew Wind Power: A hands-on guide to harnessing the wind (Buckville Publications, 2009).

Who Should Attend?

  • Students of environmental studies interested in learning more about wind turbines
  • Educators wishing to learn the fundamentals of this rapidly developing field, and/or design their own multi-disciplinary curriculum
  • 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
  • Aid workers in developing countries

For more information, please visit Buckville Energy’s Wind Turbine Design and Construction Syllabus page.

If interested in participating, please fill out the form below to register.