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- Learn how to install small wind turbines
- Get hands-on experience in making guy ropes, assembling electrical systems, and erecting a Hugh Piggott turbine
- Experienced tutors who have been running courses building Piggott turbines since 2007
- A practical fun course for those who have an interest in small wind turbines
When and Where?
8th-9th July 2017, 9am-5pm, Green and Away, Bransford, Worcestershire, WR6 5JB
Green & Away is a tented sustainable non-profit events venue. Established in 1990, they are an educational charity and aim to inspire and encourage
environmental and social change through experiential learning and sustainable living in practice.
You are welcome to roam over the 200 acre farm and swim in the river on site. In the evenings the onsite bar will be open and you’re welcome to light campfires. There are also hot showers, wifi in the main area and some charging facilities. The venue also has an organic cafe and farm shop.
What do participants learn?
- How to assemble a Hugh Piggott wind turbine
- How to design and wire up an electrical system
- How to construct guy ropes with wire rope, grips, thimbles, shackles & turnbuckles
- How to use a winch to erect and lower a tower
Up to ten participants guided by one to two instructors will spend two days learning how to install a Hugh Piggott wind turbine, the practice of which is also applicable to other designs of small wind turbine.
There are four elements to the course and all the participants will spend half a day doing each – turbine assembly, electrical system assembly, guy rope construction and tower erection.
During the course we endeavour to create an inclusive atmosphere. Whilst the course is aimed at people who have some knowledge of small wind turbines none of the tasks require specialist experience and as such it is suitable for all.
What does it cost?
The course costs £225 and can be booked via our shop or contact us to pay via bank transfer.
Accommodation and food are not included in the course cost but you are able to book a range of options via the Green and Away website.
A range of accommodation is available from £10 per night for a tent pitch to £125 for a king size yurt!
Full catering is available for £20 per day and includes:
Breakfast – cereal (muesli and cornflakes), fruit, bread (made on site) and butter, jam, honey, marmalade, peanut butter and yeast extract.
Lunch and dinner is usually served with bread and something like salad and falafel, a sample dinner would be walnut lasagne with green vegetables or salad plus a dessert.
The cafe is open off and on throughout the day, depending on the schedule of the event being held, with tea and coffee for sale. If you don’t want G&A to provide your meals, you’re also welcome to self cater at your tent.
For more information and to book accommodation and food please see the Green and Away website.
Who are V3?
V3 Power is a workers cooperative based in Nottingham. We have been running courses building Hugh Piggott wind turbines since 2007. The turbine is a robust design that can be easily repaired, maintained and serviced and is an excellent example of appropriate technology. It is used in rural electrification and development projects across the world.
What do they say about our turbine building course?
Thank you for an excellent course, the whole thing was impressively well organised and I had both a powerful learning experience and a really enjoyable time. It may be a few years yet before I am able to build my own turbine, but it will happen eventually thanks to the knowledge and skills you shared. I will be recommending the course to friends
Kate Jones, Bristol course 2015
Thanks for a fantastic week. The teachers were amazing, it was great being able to try out so many different things, and the turbine looks magnificent
C. Chlebna, Oxford course 2014