Poland wind turbine project 2016

Supervising an academic project was kind of new to me when Lukasz from Poland asked if I would come around and help him build a wind turbine for his Bachelor’s thesis. Of course, I accepted the invitation and we built a 2F Piggott wind turbine together. I even had time to visit the city of Wroclaw.

Project facts
Wind turbine construction course

Wind turbine: 2F Piggott (PureSelfMade Edition)
Venue: Private facility
Participants: 1 (exclusive training course)
Country: Poland
Date: June 2016

The project took place in Wroclaw in the southwest of Poland. It was June and therefore quite hot when I arrived after a long ride from Austria via BlaBlaCar.

Coil winding session. On my birthday by the way, what a lovely present to spend my time creating nice stuff!

When we first sat down in some burger restaurant to discuss how we are going to work, it quickly turned out that Lukasz was super motivated to use every single hour to push his wind turbine Bachelor project forward. We had scheduled 10 days of work to build the 2F machine and discuss some off-grid system architecture.

Lukasz was very keen on running the whole thing professional. Right on the next day, we got down to business. We worked in a tiny workshop in the company building of Lukasz’ uncle. He owns a building material supply company and kindly offered us to use his tools and facility.

Lukasz @ blade carving

We started off by carving the three rotor blades from wood, that took us around two days. Then we got hands on the alternator by making casting moulds for the epoxy resin parts (magnet rotors and stator). Since we were only two guys working on this, we split up tasks but I always made sure Lukasz would learn all the things he was interested in.

We were facing some problems with the car wheel hub which is used as the turbine’s main bearing. The shaft was slightly bent, so we had to find another hub. That was harder than I thought, but after running around Wroclaw city between several hardware shops and scrap yards we found the one fitting perfectly.

The turbine hub

While some resin cast parts were setting, we welded the frame. Welding was pretty new to Lukasz but no problem after a few try runs. We made teamwork, one welding, the other one cutting and preparing parts and after two days, the turbine’s steelwork was done. We could assemble all the parts and finish the project right on time by testing the alternator and take some pictures of our work.

Getting steelwork done on the tail

For me as a course teacher, it was a new experience to supervise a single person. I could not just delegate jobs to several students, this time, a different time management was needed. I did a lot of work during the week. I enjoyed the time and also the vibe of the city, which is crowded by students in the hot summer time. In the evening I took some long walks to explore the place, shot some pictures and work in the sunset at the river banks – Perfect work/life balance!

Wroclaw has a lot of water channels

Jonathan Schreiber
I started PureSelfMade to develop and spread DIY knowledge on renewable energies. I'm an enthusiast on home built small wind turbines, off-grid systems and other DIY projects. I teach hands-on workshops and publish on PureSelfMade.com. More about my background.

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