no events posted in last week
A bird's eye view of the vineyard
Hillary accuses both Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein of being Russian agents ? Tulsi Gabbard fires back Sat Oct 19, 2019 18:28 | The Saker
The Road to Damascus: How the Syria War was Won Fri Oct 18, 2019 19:21 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar : posted with permission and crossposted with Consortium News What is happening in Syria, following yet another Russia-brokered deal, is a massive geopolitical game-changer. I?ve tried to
The Saker interviews Michael Hudson Fri Oct 18, 2019 18:56 | The Saker
Introduction: I recently spoke to a relative of mine who, due to her constant and voluntary exposure to the legacy AngloZionist media, sincerely believed that the three Baltic states and
Moveable Feast Cafe 2019/10/18 ? Open Thread Fri Oct 18, 2019 16:30 | Herb Swanson
2019/10/18 15:30:01 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
Syrian Army Entering Kobani And Raqqa Fri Oct 18, 2019 04:34 | Scott
Syrian War Report ? October 17, 2019: Syrian Army Entering Kobani And Raqqa On October 16, units of the Syrian Army entered the city of Raqqah for the first time
The Saker >>
A Blog About Human Rights
US Holds China To Account For Human Rights Violations Sun Oct 13, 2019 19:12 | Human Rights
UN Human Rights Council Should Address Human Rights Crisis in Cambodia Sat Aug 31, 2019 13:41 | Human Rights
Fijian women still face Human Rights violations Mon Aug 26, 2019 18:49 | Human Rights
Saudi Human Rights Violation Fri Aug 09, 2019 20:41 | Human Rights
China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights
Human Rights in Ireland >>
For lefties too stubborn to quit
And another poll? 21:43 Sat Oct 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
?Voices of 1968 around the world: a reading?: next Tuesday 22nd @ 12, Maynooth. 19:52 Sat Oct 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
Blogs and the blogosphere 12:37 Sat Oct 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
Once long ago? 11:54 Sat Oct 19, 2019 | WorldbyStorm
?Not of Christian origin? 10:59 Sat Oct 19, 2019 | 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!