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 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

Oct 242016



Last weekend we completed another great hand build wind turbine course in London. Our hosts were the ever wonderful Organiclea and as ever their site was the perfect location for a course. The woodwork and coil winding stations were surrounded by lush green plants in their huge greenhouse and the metal working in the spacious workshop. It was a good group with some of Hugh Piggott‘s friends, some people from Greenham Reach and the Ecological Land Co-Op with whom we will be installiung a turbine in November amongst many lovely others! The turbine is a 1.8m 24V machine and is currently homeless – contact us if you want to provide a home for it!


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Sep 202016

To book a place please visit the Brighton Permaculture Trust.

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  • Get hands-on experience and learn transferable skills in welding, wood carving, and working with magnets & resin
  • Learn how to build and install a Hugh Piggott wind turbine from scratch using basic materials
  • Experienced tutors who have been running courses building Piggott turbines since 2007
  • A practical fun course for all experience levels

When and Where?

2nd-3rd September 2017, 9am-6pm Saturday & 9am-5pm Sunday, Brighton Earthship, Stanmer Park, Brighton, BN1 9PZ.

Public transport is either the 78 bus from The Old Steine or one of a number of buses from Churchill Square to Sussex University followed by a 15-20 minute walk through the park. Alternatively you can get the train to Falmer and a 20 minute walk.

Housedean Farm is the nearest campsite and is about an hours walk or a 30 minute cycle, alternatively Brighton has lots of accommodation on offer.

What do participants learn?

  • How to carve wood with spokeshaves, draw knives, mallets and chisels to create blades with an accurate aerofoil.
  • How to use an angle grinder, arc welder, drill, and tap and die set to build a steel turbine mounting.
  • How to construct an alternator which includes soldering, coil winding, working with strong permanent magnets and casting in resin.
  • How to build and assemble a Hugh Piggott wind turbine!
  • About on-grid and off-grid electrical systems.

What happens?

Between eight and twelve participants guided by two or three instructors spend two days building a 1.8m diameter 350W Hugh Piggott wind turbine. All the participants spend time working on each of the three main parts of the build (wood, metal, and electronics) rotating through the different bases on the first day. On the second day we then come together as a group to assemble the machine. Each morning we also have a short theory session where we talk about the background behind the design.

During the course we endeavour to create an inclusive atmosphere. We do not assume any previous knowledge or experience and make sure any participants who are new to wind power theory and/or using the various tools are supported. Participants more familiar with either element are able to develop practical skills and we are always on hand to answer and discuss more in ­depth questions.

What does it cost?

The course costs between £155 and £275 depending on circumstance. We build one turbine on the course, if you would like to have the turbine at the end of the course you can pay an extra £400 in advance to cover the materials (first come first served!).

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, participants will need to bring their own lunch. There is also a usable kitchen at the venue.

Please visit the Brighton Permaculture Trust website to book your place.

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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?

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

Aug 282016

In August we began installing Anthony, the 1.8m rotor diameter turbine, made in 2015 on the Bristol course, at a Dog Hotel in Derbyshire where it will be used to power a heater to keep the dogs warm over the winter Tony_Brindle_1 Tony_Brindle_2 Tony_Brindle_4