The project involves the construction and installation of a 1kW wind turbine, carried out by a team of 30 students as part of the ‘Engineers Without Borders’ (EWB) and ‘People and Planet’ student organisations, and in collaboration with the School of Engineering.
The team will build the turbine completely from scratch over 3 weekends in February, coordinated by DIY wind turbine specialist ‘V3 Power’.
Once constructed our ambition is to temporarily erect the turbine on campus to carry out a number of design and research projects over a 2 year period. Following this the future goal to grid connect the turbine to provide additional income for similar student lead initiatives.
Key Project Goals
Both the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and People & Planet (P&P) societies are collaborating to encourage the development of vital skills in low tech micro-generation, equipping students with the necessary skills and knowledge to base similar projects in the developing world.
Upon construction and installation this project will act as a base for scientific research into fields such as energy storage and generation efficiency.
Additionally a core goal of the project is to promote sustainability on campus and get the student community involved and excited in energy reduction and renewable generation.