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W 306.01 Wind Turbine Design & Construction (Homebrew Wind) nabcep

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 one 7' and one 10' diameter wind turbine and work towards the completion of a larger 12' diameter, if time permits. Participants will also lower and raise 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.

Recognized CECs for Licensed Professionals

  • 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

Course Instructors

Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink, Otherpower 


June 9-14, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Required Course Materials

  • Text: Homebrew Wind Power (included in the price of the course)
  • Work clothes and boots
  • Safety glasses
  • Hearing protection
  • Dust mask
  • Pencil and paper
  • Calculator
  • Lunch

Recommended Materials

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

Tools to bring, if you have them:

  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Battery powered drill
  • Drill bits
  • Rasp file


  • None

Being an MREA member means getting a $20 discount on courses and free admission to The Energy Fair. Not a member? Visit our membership page to become one.

June 9th, 2014 12:00 AM   through   June 14th, 2014 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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