Mar 072017
 

In February we installed a 2.4m turbine built by Nottingham Engineers without Borders on an existing tower and grid tied electrical system at High Leas Farm in Derbyshire to replace the 3.6m turbine which has been reconditioned and installed at the Ecological Land Co-op in Devon.

The students learnt how to assemble the turbine and get it ready for installation, how to tension guy ropes and use a winch and about grid tied electrical systems!

Mar 072017
 

This year we returned to teach our fourth course with final year Renewable Energy Engineering students at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus.

Having supplied the department with all the tools and materials necessary to run a course last March our brief was to train teachers to run the course themselves in the future whilst teaching students, as before, how to build and install a 1.8m turbine over 5 days.

The welding in particular proved more challenging than anticipated and we may be asked to return in future years to continue the skills transfer, the upside being we can now commute on the train and once the renewable energy building is finished the students (and teachers) will be able to carve blades, wind coils and cast stators at their leisure.. watch out Cornwall!

Mar 072017
 

Back in 2015 Mark and Marta approached us at Glastonbury to say they’d been gifted a Hugh Piggott turbine which they’d love to install at their home in Somerset, and so began a beautiful friendship..

We visited Rockaway Park on the way back from teaching in Cornwall in January 2016 and where amazed! Not only by the cavern of fantastical salvagtion hidden in an old quarry including Mark and Marta’s home which they had formed almost entirely from scrap but also from Marta’s fantastic vegan cookery!

It turned out the turbine wasn’t a Piggott but was perhaps a student project inspired by Hugh but with it’s own eccentricities.

We resolved to return and run a course there, where we would incorporate installing the turbine.. it didn’t exactly work out like this but the participants loved the venue and in December we finished installing a battery charging system with their blades on one of our truly Piggott alternators.

Dec 092016
 

In November we taught a course at Derbyshire Eco Centre. Although the group was quite small they made keen work of making a new stator for one of our 3m turbines which is currently between homes and in need of some tlc. They also had a go at carving some smaller blades. A fun weekend was had by all and it was lovely to be so local!

Dec 092016
 

The V3 team had a great birthday party reminiscing about old times whilst cooking veggie sausages and drinking local ale around a campfire at Dixon’s housing co-op. People arrived from Canada, Scotland, the West Country, Sheffield and Nottingham to celebrate our 10th year.

A few of the team continued on to France later in September to meet up with Tripalium, our French counterparts and spent a few days geeking out about wind turbines, flying kites on the beach and making charge controllers.

Top left to bottom right: Robin Duval, Tom Hooley, Aran Eales, Andy Burrell, Jack Howe, Matt Whitney, Hertha Taverner-wood, Nico Shattock, Tom Dixon

Of course Dixon took up the challenge of a wind turbine inspired Birthday cake and came up with this amazing stator sweetie and bourbon magnet rotors cast in cake!

Jack, Andy, Dixon and Matt on the beach in France after making charge controllers with Tripalium with their D.I.Y. tent!

 

Dec 082016
 

Book a place via our shop 

  • 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

What happens?

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

Dec 072016
 

We have a new pedal powered system avaliable for hire – Christmas Lights! They are a perfect for adding a fun interactive element to your Christmas tree for a party or event. We have three different types of lights so get in touch to talk about what you want!

Here they are being used at Leeds Uni

Here they are being used at Leeds Uni

And here they are being tested in our workshop

And here they are being tested in our workshop