Local manufacture of turbines in Mali

Piet Willem Chevalier has successfully launched a project in Mali by training a group to build wind turbines. This group will start manufacturing these wind turbines as a profession, that will open doors to supply electricity to the rural poor, that is absent until now.

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I live off-grid in NW Scotland and have spent my life playing with wind turbines. I also love small hydros. Hands on renewable energy is my thing and I like to learn and to share my experiences.
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4 Responses to Local manufacture of turbines in Mali

  1. Roland73 says:

    This project is making good progress.
    At the moment a second turbine is nearly finished. The first one (visible in the movie) has a diameter of 3 meter. The second one is a 1.8 meter version. These people are learning to understand the concept behind it really good! They are not just copying it.

    Moreover, we do this work in temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius. When you leave your multimeter on the table, the display will turn black within one hour…

    Best wishes, Roland

  2. elektritsaabtasuta.blogspot.com says:

    People in poorest country got electricity for free of charge,but most of white people pay electricity bills…
    Blacks in jungle got electricity for free of charge but white man should pay electricity bills…

  3. Alessio Palma says:

    Hi…incredibile in my degree's thesis I design(in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders Naples and Department of Electical Engineers of university federico II of Naples) a low cost wind turbine for a village in the city of sevarè near Mopti.
    I realize a three rotor blade made by a pvc pipe,with a 300w horizontal axis pemanent magnets alternator;6.5 m/s rated speed
    To safe turbine i use a furling system..
    for more information contact me at [email protected]…at http://www.isf-napoli.org/joomla/pagine/ricerca/progetto-microeolico.html there is a desctiption of the project(unfortunately in italian!!!) and at http://www.isf-napoli.org/files/documenti/Microeolico/Abstract.pdf (is possibile to download an abstract of my thesis)…please contact me I will be very proud to collaborate with you!!

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