Exchange: Online Design Tools for Locally Manufactured Small Wind Turbines

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This project aims to increase technical knowledge of small wind turbines by creating a free online resource and mutual learning opportunities

Local manufacturers of small wind turbines face a number of challenges in terms of manufacture, installation and design when following standard turbine designs. In many cases, certain materials (such as permanent magnets) are not available in the standard sizes or parts need to be adapted to the specific site to ensure the adequate exploitation of the wind potential. Therefore, the exchange aims to strengthen the capacities of local organisations working with renewable energy technologies by introducing small wind energy applications from the point of design and manufacture to installation and maintenance on a global level. The specific aims of the exchange activities are:

  • To increase the technical knowledge base of small wind turbine (SWT) designers, manufacturers and installers and help them overcome material supply issues
  • To create public and free online resources for the design and installation of locally manufactured SWT, to be used by practitioners of the Wind Empowerment network and others
  • To promote knowledge sharing and mutual learning between organisations operating in Nepal on SWT design, installation and maintenance through practical applications
Tools already designed by the Rural Electrification Research Group (RurERG) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) will be made available online as open source tools. Following this, a workshop will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, where a pilot SWT will be designed and installed in a rural community. For global promotion and dissemination, webinars and networking events will be organised.

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