Wind Turbine

Learn how to build yourself a small wind turbine, Hand made & from simple materials.

Get a wide range of practical workshop skills and background knowledge on DIY wind energy systems.

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What we do in the workshop

We build a small wind turbine based on the Hugh Piggott design which is known for it’s simplicity and reliability. We use simple materials and parts to build all components of the turbine (generator, rotor, frame, tail) by ourselves in the workshop. After you participation in the workshop, you should be able to build your own turbine at home. 

You will also learn how the wind turbine is used as a source of energy in a stand alone (off-grid) or in a grid connected system.

Who can participate?

Everyone who is interested! PureSelfMade has developed workshop concepts for institutions such as universities, schools and associations as well as for individual groups. 

Our workshops target people of all ages from 13 years onwards. We learn from each other, next to each other. Typical group size is between 5 and 15 people. Languages: German or English

No special knowledge or experience is required.

Upcoming Wind Turbine Workshops


June 11th – 14th  2020
Wohnwagon – Gutenstein, Austria
A Wind Turbine hands-on building Workshop in the beautiful mountains of lower Austria, at our friends from
In this course you will learn how to build a 2F Piggott wind turbine.

Daily schedule: 9:00 – 17:00 workshop time
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Price incl. lunch, coffee & snacks: 370€
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August 6th – 9th  2020
Cobstädt, Germany
Following up on last year’s successful collaboration we will again be guest at our friends from Lebensgut Cobstädt. In this course you will learn how to build a 2F Piggott wind turbine.

Daily schedule: 9:00 to 17:00 workshop time
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Prices: Workshop participation only: 270€
Workshop + locally cooked catering: 330€
Workshop + catering + hostel accommodation: 382€
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Building the Rotor

It is hand made from wood. Here it is being drilled with the right hole pattern for mounting

Building the turbine steel frame

Welding is a very useful technique – and not so difficult to learn!
In the workshop you will get a basic welding introduction!

Building the generator

Hand wound coils, assembled and cast in resin. Two magnet discs and a car wheel hub make the story complete.

The Piggott Wind Turbine Design

In the workshop we use the wind turbine design of our good friend Hugh Piggott. It’s a reliable, simple and solid wind turbine concept that has been developed by Hugh Piggott for locally built wind turbines. The beauty of the design is the fact that it can be built using basic tools even with little handcrafting experience. 

Therefore, it is perfect for the purpose of education.

It can easily compete with commercial small wind turbines in terms of performance and reliability, which is proved by many successful installations worldwide.

Workshop review video

See what really happens at a PureSelfMade wind turbine course!

Recorded 2016 in Aachen, Germany. More videos will follow.

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