National Technological University of Athens


The NTUA is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, and has contributed unceasingly to the country’s scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. It is closely linked with Greece’s struggle for independence, democracy and social  progress. NTUA is divided into nine academic Schools, eight being for the engineering sciences, including architecture, and one for general sciences. The personnel of its nine faculties include more than 700 academic staff, 140 scientific assistants and 260 administrative and technical staff. The student base consists of approximately 8500 undergraduates and 1500 postgraduates. The campus is located in the area of Zografou, 20 minutes from the city centre and can be reached with public transport (bus and metro).

Rural Electrificarion Research Group (RurERG)

The Rural Electrification Research Group is part of Smart RUE (Smart grids Research Unit of the Electrical and Computer Engineering School) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Since the spring of 2009, several final year dissertations in the electrical engineering department of NTUA have focused on locally manufactured small wind turbines, and specifically those described by Hugh Piggott in the ‘Small wind turbine recipe book’. Several students have completed their dissertations since then, completing projects that usually last for almost a year. This work has contributed in the formation of the Rural Electrification Research Group within the Electrical Energy Systems Laboratory of NTUA.

Nea Guinea Collective


The “Nea Guinea” non profit organisation is a project that began in September of 2009 in Athens-Greece, by placing as a central goal the self-management of some of our basic everyday needs such as food, energy, health, shelter and clothing. Through theoretical and practical workshops we try to gather and to evolve the necessary knowledge and craftsmanship, in order to get actively involved in the production process for the satisfaction of these needs in a household scale and to conquer higher levels of self-sufficiency and autonomy in our daily lives. The workshop of energy self-sufficiency has been involved in different projects such as small wind turbine construction courses, small wind and hydro turbine installations, off-grid systems installations, among other activities.

500 RPM


500RPM was created in 2010, to promote rural electrification with wind energy in all the windy areas of Argentina, which is a vast majority of the territory.
About 5% of the population doesn’t have access to the grid, and given the long distances and low density of population, probably never will. Given the rising cost of fuel, interest in renewable energies is rising up.
Since long term sustainability is the main threat for small wind turbines, our strategy is to empower local communities with the knowledge of the technology, training them on how to build, install, operate and do proper maintenance of small wind turbines, based on Hugh Piggott’s design. For this, we train a group of people that already has the basic previous knowledge required, and the infrastructure to build and maintain the turbines, mostly technical schools and universities that are located in a city or town close to the rural area where the wind turbine will be installed. This way, a link is created between the technical institution and the rural institution, which also sets a framework for other projects together.
Since 2010, we have given more than 30 trainings and installed more than 20 wind turbines all over Argentina, and also in our neighbour country, Uruguay.

University of Sheffield/EPSRC

Shef Uni EPSRC logo

The University of Sheffield is home to one of the UK’s most respected engineering faculties. Research on small wind for rural electrification has been conducted at the university since 2009, with wind Empowerment coordinator, Jon Sumanik-Leary recently completing a PhD in the field and over 60 students currently involved in the international small wind competition.

V3 Power


We are a workers cooperative limited by guarantee who have been building small wind turbine  and other renewable energy systems since 2006.

Currently our business comprises of three areas:

– Running turbine building courses with universities and members of the public.
– Servicing and repairing existing turbine installations.
– Carrying out bespoke commissions including off-grid power provision.

We have always had a strong link with the education sector and believe firmly in spreading the D.I.Y. ethic with everything we do.

Green Empowerment


Green Empowerment works with local partners around the world to strengthen communities by delivering renewable energy and safe water.



The main objective of WISIONS is to make clean energy a default solution for basic energy needs in developing regions, by helping local partners to identify successes and bring them to scale through regional networks, marketing and demonstration. Read more about WISIONS activities, goals and background.



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Terre Humaine

It is the vocation of the Humane Earth Foundation (FTH) to support the work of associations defending the environment, by making grants to them.

We are in fact convinced that the role of these associations is essential: very often, they are the only ones that ring the alarm bells, advocate the necessary changes, and put forward constructive alternatives. They are run by volunteers, with very limited means, but they represent the sector of our society that shows the greatest awareness, the most responsibility, and the most energy, and they bear our hopes for a better world.

This site is dedicated to them, to provide them with information about the possibilities of grants that FTH can put at their disposal, together with some other sources of finance.

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