Nov 092017
 

When and Where?

9th December 2017. 9am-5pm.

The Cube, Malvern

Overview
Get hands-on with our unique wind turbine making experience! We bring all the tools, materials and expertise; you come away with practical skills, an understanding of how and why wind turbines work, and a huge sense of achievement.

Drawing on 10 years’ experience teaching people how to build small wind turbines, we’ve developed a new accessible, inclusive experience for anyone and everyone! The wind turbine design has many component parts which each participant has a hand in building before they are all assembled together. This engages every individual and brings the group together to share in the fantastic sense of satisfaction of turning a pile of raw materials into an electricity-generating machine!

What Happens?
Together we build a machine to turn the power of the wind into electricity using simple materials and a range of hand tools. All participants carve a wooden blade, turn their own copper coil, and manipulate powerful magnets. As a team we assemble all the components to finish the turbine. Finally we test it and participants can see their work turned into fully charged batteries!

Why do it?
The design is a great way of demonstrating the basic underlying scientific principles behind energy generation and the associated simple electrical theory. The practical tasks are achievable regardless of skill and experience allowing participants to feel unintimidated and capable. The range of tasks means everyone stays interested and engaged!

What does it cost?

This course costs £70 per person.

Please email info@v3power.co.uk to book your place. For more information email or call 07969 783353.

What do they say?

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

I would highly recommend V3 Power to anyone looking to build a Hugh Piggott wind turbine
Adam Perrin, Engineers Without Borders, 2013

 

 

Nov 072017
 
We are looking for someone to market our bicycle generator hire services.
  • 10 hours per month at £10 per hour plus commission of 10% (£35 minimum) for each enquiry generated that results in a job. Starting asap. Three month trial period.
  • At the moment we have around 1-2 jobs per month but would like to be doing around 4 per month. We need someone to develop and implement a plan to generate enquiries (which we will then deal with and hopefully turn into jobs!)
  • We work from home/cafe’s/co-working spaces in Sheffield and Nottingham so could work in the same room there. Remote working with Skype/telephone communicaion would be fine though.
  • We have a modest budget to pay for marketing materials.
  • For more information call Jack on 07969 783353 or email jack@v3power.co.uk

 

Oct 172017
 

Last weekend we ran the pilot of our new course at the Demand Energy Equality space in London. It was good, there are a few things we need to iron out but fundamentally we are very pleased with the process!

We have been building and running courses on the awesome Hugh Piggott design for many many years. The design is great as a functioning wind turbine (robust, modular, easy to maintain), but we have also found it a very good tool to help teach about science. However we have found that for some groups or classes who are more interested in this science education aspect it seems unnecessary to invest the time, money and embodied energy in building a Piggott turbine if it does not have a suitable install site. So, inspired by the Piggott design we have come up with our own to use as a vehicle through which to teach about how wind turbines work and inspire people to build and advocate for them!

Sep 182017
 

We have been building and running courses on the awesome Hugh Piggott design for many many years. The design is great as a functioning wind turbine (robust, modular, easy to maintain), but we have also found it a very good tool to help teach about science. However we have found that for some groups or classes who are more interested in this science education aspect it seems unnecessary to invest the time, money and embodied energy in building a Piggott turbine if it does not have a suitable install site. So, inspired by the Piggott design we have come up with our own to use as a vehicle through which to teach about science and engineering whist at the same time making the course more accessible and affordable.

We will be piloting this new course at the Demand Energy Equality space in London on 8th October.

What Happens?
Together we will build a machine to turn the power of the wind into electricity using simple materials and a range of hand tools. All participants carve a wooden blade, turn their own copper coil, and manipulate powerful magnets. As a team we assemble all the components to finish and test the turbine.

Please note – this new design is not suitable for installation, it is an educational tool! We do talk about building and installing ‘proper’ wind turbines in the course though.

The course runs from 11am – 4pm

Tickets can be bought from here: https://www.demandenergyequality.org/bookings/diy-wind-v3

Sep 182017
 

Last weekend we taught a two day course at the Brighton Permaculture Centre where we built some elements of, and learnt about, Hugh Piggott wind turbines!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 182017
 

We have had lots of bike generator events since our last post, we won’t go into detail with them, just to say that they all went well despite some occasional heavy rain!

June
Pedal Powered Scalextric for Big Bike Revival over two weekends Preston and Chorley
Two bmx bikes powering a ‘boiler activity’ at the Cheltenham Science Festival
The Energy Bike & light display activity for DHL‘s head office environmental awareness event
The Energy Bike for the Big Bang Fair at the South of England Showground

July
Pedal Powered Scalextric for the Tisbury Green Fair

August
Pedal Powered Scalextric & Music System for Love Partington
Pedal Powered Music & Bubbles for St Annes Allotments open day

September
The Energy Bike for Thrive Renewables open day
Pedal Powered Scalextric & Bubbles for the Tour of Britain in Cheltenham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 122017
 

Manchester Museum of Science and Industry

For the Easter weekend activities we provided the ‘Dynamo Disco’ with our pedal powered soundsystem and got lots of kids dancing. We also provided pedal powered slot cars as well as our energy display. Three setups all at once!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour De Yorkshire

This was a two bike energy challenge to show the different amounts of energy involved in cooking and food.

 

 

Veris Strategies

We provided our energy display for a ‘sustainability program for business’. We had the display set to 3kJ of energy and the fastest peddler made this in 12 seconds! That’s an average power of 250W!