Jan 152018
 

Over three Wednesday afternoons on November and December 2017 we ran our new wind turbine workshop with the Sheffield Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student group.

Session 1

  • A presentation on DIY wind turbines and their place in a global context
  • Lesson on aerodynamic theory and blade design
  • Practical session carving blades

Session 2

  • Lesson on electromagnetism and three phase electricity including Faraday’s law of induction, EMF and rate of change. Plus alternator design.
  • Practical session winding cooper coils
  • Practical session wiring the coils together into a three phase stator
  • Practical session handling magnets and placing them into the rotor

Session 3

  • Lesson on electrical system design
  • Practical session bolting together the blade hub, bearing, mounting and alternator
  • Testing session using a fan!

We had good feedback from the organiser:

I’ve only heard good feedback – thanks so much for everything you’ve done for us 🙂 

And from the participants:

Explanation of how three-phase worked was really clear

I found the theory easy to understand despite my limited previous knowledge

I liked the mix of theory and practical

Good sized group for practical session tasks

It was good to build the stator and rotor by hand, it helped me understand how it works!

I really enjoyed it!

 

 

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!