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Windmobile: students build their own wind turbine

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Published on Wednesday, 21 June 2017

During the very last week of May 2017, a group of 14 students from the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication (FSTC) has been involved in a hands-on working experience, which consisted in the fabrication of a small and self-made wind turbine. The main goal of this project, called Windmobile, was to give students an experience and a background knowledge about wind energy, as well as to make them aware of technologies for renewable energies, in a theoretical and practical way.

Mission accomplished. After an intense, but instructive one-week workshop of building, creating and networking, the students who took part in the Windmobile project were very proud to present their hand-made wind machine, which will soon be installed on Kirchberg campus. This project is the result of the collaboration between the University of Luxembourg, the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck (LtEtt) and PureSelfMade (a young entrepreneur specialised in small wind and off-grid systems).

 

Orchestrated by Guy Putz (LtEtt), Jonathan Schreiber (PureSelfMade) and supported by Frank Scholzen (University of Luxembourg), the workshop taught students how to build gradually, as a team, a small wind turbine in a Do-It-Yourself way, including theoretical base knowledge about the function, the architecture and physics of a wind generator.  The turbine was developed according to the Hugh Piggott’s 2F design: it has a rotor diameter of 2m and is able to generate about 500W rated power.

 

 

Students were invited to use a large variety of tools, machines and specific materials in order to build all components of their own turbine (generator, rotor, frame and tail). Meanwhile, they learnt how the wind turbine is exploited as a source of energy in an off-grid or grid-connected system. In addition, it was a great opportunity for networking in a hands-on working experience.

 

Fränz Dording (6. Semester, Mécatronique):“Mostly I enjoyed following the project step by step while working with specific materials that are not common in our daily life”.

Philippe Kaiser (2. Semester, Mécanique Générale):“The teamwork is something that I appreciated the most in this project. I could improve myself as well as broaden my skills concerning wind energies”.

Emir (Énergie et Environnement): “I would like to thank Mr. Putz and Mr. Schreiber for this wonderful experience and I strongly recommend this workshop to everyone who is interested in renewable energies”.

 

The project Windmobile emerged in 2005 under the leadership of Joëlle Rinnen and Guy Putz at the Lycée Technique d’Ettelbruck (LtEtt). Then, an interdisciplinary platform was created, allowing students and teachers to work regularly on a specific project. The main idea was, and still is, simple: educate about energy saving aspects through a hands-on and collaborative workshop.

The year 2010 marked the first collaboration with the University of Luxembourg. Since then, Windmobile has enabled four students to base their final-year dissertations on this project.  Further ambitious schemes, to be completed in the field of Bachelor theses, are presently in the planning stage. 

More information: http://windmobile.lu/en/