Building A Wind Turbine
WindAid Institute is an organization that benefits everyone involved. The volunteers learn new skills whilst having a fun and memorable experience and a Peruvian community gets light and power for free.
Volunteers building a wind turbine with us DO NOT REQUIRE SPECIAL SKILLS or knowledge of wind turbine design and engineering.
Manufacturing, assembling and installing a wind turbine is an interesting and educating experience, and your effort and work is all the more meaningful when you see first hand how your gift of light and power to communities in Peru makes a real and immediate positive change.
Volunteers will be allowed to participate in whichever activities they choose, and those with adequate skills or experience will be able to manufacture certain parts otherwise made by our trained engineers and technicians.
What does the building involve?
Anyone can build a wind turbine with WindAid Institute and by making it non-exclusive and a fun experience we hope to attract more volunteers and in turn provide more wind turbines to those who live without light.
Building a wind turbine with us involved several stages of manufacturing, which are carried out safely under the guidance and instruction of one of our engineers. The program is carried out in English, though ability to speak Spanish will be a benefit.
Below is a description of the main processes involved and an idea of what you will be doing if you join us and volunteer with WindAid Institute.
Volunteers will make the wind turbine airfoil blades which convert the energy in the wind into useful energy to power the electrical equipment such as lights and computers. This involves working with materials such as carbon fiber and resin, as well as processes like sanding.
The structure of the wind turbine is manufactured from a combination of recycled and new stainless steel parts. Building this part requires preparing each part, filing and metal work and painting in order to protect the material from the environment.
The Alternator is the part that converts the movement of the rotating blades into usable energy. Volunteers will manufacture all of the components from stainless steel and fiber glass and then assemble all the pieces.
On request we will be happy to provide a complete list of all the materials and processes undertaken during manufacture, assembly and installation of the wind turbine. Safety is our top priority for volunteers and at all stages volunteers are provided with the relevant PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and supervised by a trained engineer or technician.
With the technology available today, the developing world can skip a technology generation and benefit from clean and cheap energy now.
WindAid Institute Systems
Wind turbines have their place in the solution for climate change and future energy generation and WindAid Institute believes that they are the perfect technology for micro energy generation in Peru and South America.
WindAid Institute uses a simple, low-cost wind turbine ideal for small energy generation. The cost of the turbine is such that electricity generated by the wind turbine is often cheaper than grid electricity and significantly cheaper and cleaner than the diesel generators that are so commonly used throughout South America.
The wind turbines manufactured as part of the WindAid Institute program are given to communities for free. It is the financial contribution and work of the volunteers during the WindAid Institute program that covers the cost of the wind turbine and installation.
But how effective are wind turbines in Peru as an energy source? Read below and check out our 500 W and 2.5 kW Wind Turbines to find out more information about the WindAid Institute turbines built during the program:
The 500 W wind turbine produces approximately 870 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. This is enough to power a TV, laptop, or 36 LED light bulbs for the year. A 500 W wind turbine could help reduce the power consumption of a local school or provide power to a town hall of a community without electricity.
What components make up this small wind turbine? The diagram below shows an exploded view of the essential components in one of the WindAid wind turbines built during the WindAid program:
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