Hugh is making a great presentation about his experience in building wind turbines. Everyone is really into it!
Last weekend we went to Spithari.org in Marathonas to put up one of the two wind turbines that we will be going to see on Friday. Two of the coils had managed to short themselves out, so Kostas put on his scrubs and did some keyhole surgery to put it right.
Unfortunately we got soaked in torrential rain putting the turbine back up and to make things even worse, when we flipped the brake switch, nothing happened. You win some, you lose some.
After a long day’s work, we’re pleased to announce that the NTUA small wind test site at Rafina is now back in operation after a summer break and is ready and waiting for you next Wednesday:
For those of you who didn’t see our Indiegogo crowd-sourcing campaign video, here is a reminder from our host, Kostas Latoufis of RurERG-NTUA and Nea Guinea of why we are all coming together in Athens:
By the way, the campaign has raised a spectacular €2,030 towards the WEAthens2014 collective fund – well done Kostas!
With just a week to go until WEAthens2014 kicks off, preparations are well and truly underway here in Athens:
The video above shows the rotor of a 1.2m Piggott turbine mounted onto a variable speed drive to control rpm. A torque meter is mounted in line with the rotor to measure mechanical power via rpm and torque. On Thursday morning, NTUA students will take you through the experimental procedure used to measure the Cp-TSR curves that characterise a wind turbine rotor’s performance.
So far we’ve had a great time reading all the amazing abstracts that you have sent us in the past few weeks. We are all looking forward for a great time in Athens and some great exchanges during the presentations and poster session. In order to make both of these a great success, we would like to remind you that :
An important note:
Posters will be printed at the NTUA and paid for by Wind Empowerment. Unfortunately, if you miss the deadline we won’t be able to print your poster and you’ll have to print and bring your posters yourself.
Keep up the great work
The WeAthens2014 Team