no events posted in last week
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Syrian War Report ? February 23, 2018: Syrian Army Enters YPG-held Part Of Aleppo, Turkey Strikes Co... Sat Feb 24, 2018 03:19 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On February 22, units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) entered into and established a full control of the YPG-held neighborhoods of Aleppo city, according to pro-government sources. A
Moveable Feast Cafe 2018/02/23 ? Open Thread Fri Feb 23, 2018 18:00 | Herb Swanson
2018/02/23 18:00:01 Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions
Globally Top-Respected Experts on Middle East Warn Syrian War May Produce WW III Fri Feb 23, 2018 17:08 | The Saker
by Eric Zuesse for The Saker blog Abdel Bari Atwan, the retired editor-in-chief (1989-2013) of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi and author of widely respected books on the
23 February 2014, SitRep Sevastopol Fri Feb 23, 2018 15:11 | The Saker
Today, 23 February, is the anniversary of the City of Sevastopol cementing it?s course of leaving Ukraine. I personally think that soon this will be a holiday in this City
Syrian War Report ? February 22, 2018: Russia Moves Its Advanced Su-57 Stealth Fighters Into Syria Fri Feb 23, 2018 05:20 | Scott
https://southfront.org/syrian-war-rep... On February 21, the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) captured the villages of Qara Baba, Kirbet Siluki and Vergan from the Kurdish People?s Protection
The Saker >>
Repeal and Replace? Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:58 | Fiona de Londras
Shifting Sands Under the Abortion Debate Mon Jan 15, 2018 09:30 | GuestPost
Liberty, the ICCL, and other NGO groups? landmark challenge against the UK Government?s mass surveil... Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:56 | admin
What Ireland can gain from international guidance on Article 19 UNCRPD Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:53 | Eilionoir Flynn
Repeal or Replace? Tue Oct 03, 2017 06:31 | Fiona de Londras
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
Your first protest / demo ? 18:13 Fri Feb 23, 2018 | irishelectionliterature
Bias? No, not at all? 11:05 Fri Feb 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
An unlucky PM 11:00 Fri Feb 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Seat projections on current polls? 09:02 Fri Feb 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Empathy and logic deficits. 07:48 Fri Feb 23, 2018 | WorldbyStorm
Cedar Lounge >>
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting
Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017
IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017
Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016
The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015
Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015
Dublin Opinion >>
Community Power at the Rossport Solidarity Camp
Monday February 08, 2010 18:03 by Shelver - Rossport Solidarity Camp
DIY wind power course review
Participants view the finished wind turbine in action
From Wednesday the 27th to Sunday the 31st of January, the Rossport Solidarity Camp hosted a wind power workshop. Local people and campers united to learn metal work, wood work and electronics to produce a fully functional 2.4 meter diameter wind turbine, now supplying power to the off-grid Rossport Solidarity House. The use of farmer's shed for the week was kindly by donated which was the perfect base for the workshop. The course was led by V3 Power, a workers co-operative based in Nottingham specialising in teaching courses in how to build DIY wind turbines.
Shell to sea website |
Hugh Pigotts website |
More about Hugh's work (video) |
Gluaiseacht website |
more about V3
At the start of the course the group participants split into 3 groups, so that each group would alternate between the 3 work areas of woodwork, metalwork and electronics over the first 3 days. Over the last two days participants concentrated on areas they were particularly interested in, or just did what was needed to finish the project.
The course was very hands on, albeit sprinkled with helpful wind power theory presentations.
In the wood work area, the blades were carved from lengths of 2”x6” white deal, as straight grained as possible. The design – as for the rest of the windmill – came from Hugh Pigott, a DIY wind power pioneer based in Scotland. Saw, hammer & chisel followed by drawknifes honed the blades down an aerodynamic shape. They were linseed oiled, sandwiched in plywood discs at the centre and screwed together.
In the metalwork area steel was cut and welded for the mounting, tower and tail vane. Many people learned to weld for the first time, with the local blacksmith and mechanics on the course to pass on their expertise.
In the electronics area participants soldered the control board, wound the copper coils, built the rotors, and set the coils in fibreglass to make the stator.
Up at the house, the site was surveyed for a suitable spot. Measurements on the ground followed by some trigonometry found the correct lengths of steel wire needed to support the turbine.
After a dry run in assembling and erecting the turbine, everything was taken apart and weather proofed by painting.
After lots of effort from the participants and V3, the turbine was set up on Sunday in a typical Mayo weather mix of sun, sleet and hailstone. There was great interest locally news having spread only by word of mouth.
For the camp house the new turbine gives us a greater electricity supply, and has consistently kept our battery bank well over 12volts since hooked up. It also means we can take our old small wind turbine to the camp when we set up again in the summer.
Most of all, the course brought people together and brought practical new skills to many of us. We now have more confidence in reclaiming control over our energy supply and how it is generated.
Big thanks to all involved: environmental NGO Gluaiseacht for funding, the participants for coming together to help power the Camp, V3 power for coming all the ways over, a good teaching ethic and for the finished product, local people for donating materials, Betty for showers, the Camp for catering & organising and Pat for the venue, help and resources at every stage of the course.
You can find out more about V3 HERE
Or you can look up more about the Hugh Pigotts design at his WEBSITE or see a video about his work HERE
More photos to follow!