The goal of this exchange activity is to create an open-source power converter that can be used in the implementation of self-built wind turbines as well as for other technologies.
The goal of this exchange activity is to create an open-source power converter that can be used in the implementation of self-built wind turbines as well as for other technologies. Members of the practitioner network WindEmpowerment (WE) use the self-built wind turbine design invented by Hugh Piggott. While the wind turbine design itself is freely available for construction, installation and usage, the converters needed to use the electricity are not. Consequently, the project addresses a direct need of the WindEmpowerment network (WE). In conjunction with the technical solution, diffusion activities and a market assessment will help to increase the awareness amongst potential user groups. The specific objectives of the project are:
- To conduct a general study/exchange among the participants about their technical needs and the construction of a power converter prototype
- To specify, design and implement the elements of the converter
- To carry out a field test at a project site in South America
- To establish a manual, webinar and workshops about the developed and tested open-source converter
- To conduct a market assessment
This project aims aims to support small wind turbine technology in Nepal by conducting a detailed national market assessment for small wind turbines and consolidating existing experience in the development and implementation of small wind turbines in the country.