Workshop Helvoirt, March 2013


Participants will learn how to make an efficient and durable wind turbine from scratch in this intensive, four-day, hands-on workshop.

Working together, participants will complete a 3 meter diameter, 1 kW wind turbine and work towards the completion of another small turbine if time permits. We will also erect the completed turbine on a tower. These turbines are designed for battery charging systems, 12-48 volts.

The wind turbine is designed by Hugh Piggott (


This is an excellent opportunity for participants to learn a variety of skills, such as wood working, welding and connecting electronics.

Attendees will fabricate the 3-phase axial flux alternators, wooden blades, and the metal frame work for the turbines from scratch. This is an ambitious workshop so expect to stay busy! Participants will NOT take home a wind turbine with them. `

We start each day with a lecture that include the topics listed below.

Topics include:087

  • Basic wind power theory
  • Basic wind turbine design
  • Basic alternator design
  • Welding instruction
  • Metal working instruction
  • Wood working instruction
  • Coil winding
  • Stator wiring
  • Resin casting (of generator parts)
  • Tower installation
  • Siting a wind turbine
  • Wiring a wind turbine into a power system




Who should attend?

Please note that no experience or skills are required to participate on this course.

  • Anyone interested in building their own turbine
  • Individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in the wind energy field
  • Engineers interested in learning wind turbine design and construction
  • Environmental passionates who are interested in learning more about wind turbine and its capabilities


Piet and Joost (

Tel (piet): 0031-624678825


Dates: 15, 16, 17, 23 & 24 March 2013

The program starts on Thursday evening (14th of March) around 21:00 with an introduction presentation and a ‘Meet and Greet’ of the group. Sunday the 24th around 18:00, we end the workshop by erecting the turbine where family and friends are invited to share this magic moment followed by celebration (basic bbq and some drinks).

Place: Hoef ten Halve 3, Helvoirt, The Netherlands :

Cost (Please contact Piet at )

Class is limited to 12 participants, so early registration is recommended!

Materials you need to bring to the workshop:089

  • Notepad and pencil or pen
  • Old and warm protective clothing
  • Work Shoes
  • Camera



Other considerations:

Very basic accommodation (multiple people in one room, air matrasses) and food is included. The workshop is hosted on a lovely family farm in the province Brabant in the south of the Netherlands.

Introduction movie of windturbine workshop