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 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
 

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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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