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W 306.01 Wind Turbine Design & Construction (Homebrew Wind)

Course Description

In this hands-on course, participants will be involved in the process of building a wind turbine from scratch. The process of building a wind turbine involves basic electricity, woodworking, metalworking, resin casting, and a variety of other skills. Through a combination of lecture and hands-on work, participants will learn the theory behind and how to build each component of the turbine, as well as final assembly and testing of the finished product.

Course Details:

During this course, participants will complete at least on 7' and one 10' diameter wind turbine and work towards the completiion of a larger 12' diameter, if time permits. Participants will also assemble and install a short tower, if time permits, or install the turbine on an existing tower, if time permits. These turbines are designed for battery-charging systems. The design is similar to, and inspired by the work of, Hugh Piggott.

Participants will fabricate the three-phase axial flux alternators, wooden blades, and the metal frame for the wind turbines from scratch. This is an ambitous course, so expect to stay busy. Participants will not take home a wind turbine. Some of the turbines made during the course will be for sale to participants by the sponsoring organization, however.

For a complete description and syllabus, please visit the Buckville Energy Consulting Homebrew Syllabus page.

Course Instructors:

Dan Bartmann, Otherpower and Dan Fink, Buckville Energy Consulting



Required Materials:

  • Text: Homebrew Wind Power (included in the price of the course)
  • Work clothes and boots/shoes
  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protection
  • Pen or pencil and paper
  • Calculator
  • Lunch

Recommended Materials:

  • Wind Power - Renewable Energy for Home, Farm and Business by Paul Gipe

Continuing Education Units:

  • 24.0 credit hours for WI Beginner Electrician Registration
  • 24.0 credit hours for WI Journeyman Electrician License
  • 24.0 credit hours for WI Master Electrician License
  • 24.0 credit hours for WI Residential Journeyman Electrician License
  • 24.0 credit hours for WI Residential Master Electrician License
  • NABCEP Small Wind Installer CECs - 48 credit hours

Being an Individual Membership gets you $20 off of each course. Not a member, but want to be? Simply go to the membership page to become one.

June 5th, 2012 9:00 AM   through   June 10th, 2012 5:00 PM
1626 W. Pearl St. Suite C
North Wind Renewable Energy, LLC
Stevens Point, WI 54481
United States

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Phone: 715-592-6595
Non-Member Price $ 820.00
Member Price $ 800.00

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