Wind harvesting for small communities & farmers

The good people at the Hockerton Housing Project are offering a workshop on how community groups (and farmers) can get into generating energy from wind.

Read on for details:

We have updated and revised our RE:generation renewables Master Class and it comes with a new name. It is now called, Harvesting Wind for Community Groups and Farmers , a “how to do it” workshop. It is focused on the needs of these two groups and will run on the 25th November 2010. Discounted places are available; to book click here

Inspiration guaranteed!

*The Workshop*
We will provide a unique ‘real-life’ experience of renewables for visitors. This will enable attendees to better deliver their own renewable energy projects. It is not about designing blades or tightening bolts but covers what is necessary to install and run a wind turbine to generate an income. Through the day you will discover ways to reduce the risks, avoid the pitfalls and maximise your revenue. If you have your own project in mind there will be a chance to discuss this with people who have recently successfully installed both a large community owned wind turbine, two different smaller machines and a PV array. Guided tours of theses will enable you to get to grips with the scale and reality of the systems.

The kit you will see, hear and feel:
*A Vestas V29, 225kW, 31m tower, 29m diameter blades*

*Proven WT6000 6kW, 26m tower, 5.6m diameter blades*

*Evance ISKRA R9000 5kW, 26m tower 5.4m diameter blades*

*PV array 7.6 kW 90 panels 6 inverters.*

*Your experience is complemented by an organic lunch and fresh tea and coffee on tap.*

*The Workshop is held at Hockerton Housing Project in Nottinghamshire, one of the most energy and resource efficient developments in Europe.*

To find out more please click here
or read on.
*Who will benefit?*
This event will be of particular interest to *community groups and farmers* wishing to install a wind turbine or a Photovoltaic (PV) Array to reduce carbon emissions and benefit from the Feed in Tariff.

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*Why should you attend?*
This workshop gives participants an understanding of how to make renewable energy work for them in their communities and farms:

  • Increase your confidence by understanding the challenges you will face.
  • Expand your knowledge to be more able to accurately justify your income predictions.
  • Reduce your stress levels by finding out about actual costs.
  • Learn how to find out what the community wants and turn that into a plan of action  Improve your understanding of the technology that’s right for you  Avoid the pitfalls in planning applications  Consider the legal structures suitable for your enterprise  Find out some useful contacts in the field  Understand the management commitment required.
  • Understand the practical aspects of linking to the grid and selling your energy  Become inspired by seeing, hearing and feeling three community owned wind turbines and a PV array for real.

*CPD *
Attending a HHP event can contribute towards your CPD requirement.
This event can count towards 6.0 hours of CPD (this excludes time for lunch) /You may wish to discuss with your professional body. Many other visitors have used visits to HHP to meet their CPD requirements, including RIBA & CIOB members.

*Venue: Sustainable Resource Centre (SRC)*

To meet the growing needs of visitors, the HHP *Sustainable Resource Centre (SRC)* was completed in December 2004.

The facilities include:

  • A dedicated audio-visual room
  • Seminar facilities
  • Permanent exhibitions.
  • Catering facilities

The building itself has been built to similar high environmental standards as the homes, including meeting autonomous, zero heating and zero CO2 standards.* *Attendance at this events is limited to 16 delegates, to ensure a truly interactive and worthwhile event for all participants.

Testimonials (From other HHP Master Classes)

The ability to see, hear and feel the products/engineering in action in a practical environment rather than just reading company brochures, watching promotional footage or demonstrations. It was very nice to talk to “real” people that live with the technology and have experienced benefits and pit-falls associated with it. (Mark Cox, Building Surveyor, National Trust) I think the main advantage of the day was being able to see the various technologies (that we’ve all been talking about for yonks!) actually functioning alongside each other, integrated into a real living community environment. You read about it, you hear about it but seeing it is altogether different. Terrific! (Graham Mills, East Midlands Renewable Energies Group)

I thoroughly enjoyed the day and it was very encouraging talking to people who had practical experience rather than just a grasp of the theory. Simon’s presentation on the principles was as clear as any I’ve seen, if not clearer and I particularly enjoyed his graphs showing the threshold between heating costs and insulation levels representing the point that thermal mass became important. ….. the detailed discussion about construction and procurement challenges from Nick gave a practical edge to the day that you rarely get at other events. (Rob Annable, Architect, Axis Design Collective, Birmingham)

“In brief your project at Hockerton is outstanding, the people amazing and the course was for me was thought provoking, eye opening and very inspirational.” (Martin Johnson, Brewster Bye Architects Ltd)

“I had a great day at Hockerton and have brought away many valuable ideas about how Willmott Dixon Housing can deliver more sustainable developments.” (Gareth Rondell, Sustainability Manager, Willmott Dixon Housing Ltd) I had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Hockerton and felt I learned a lot in what I thought was a wonderful model for ecological and sustainable living. I was very impressed with everything I saw, from the simplicity of the construction of the homes, and the amount of light projected through the conservatory area to the back of the homes, to the use of the solar and wind powered technology used for the energy supply for the homes, and the water supply and ‘waste’ management system. Compared with other conferences, seminars and visits I have undertaken in the course of my studies for my qualification, it has been the most enjoyable, interesting and informative, so on that basis I must say it has been the best value for money, as in the past I have paid more for less. (David Spooner, Registration Executive, Lytham Land Registry) I found it all very useful and the day was managed with pride, confidence and professionalism – I think its great what you guys have done I would like to visit again. Really really impressed.(Senior Environmental Scientist, Wardell Armstrong LLP) My main reason for visiting was that it’s easy for us industrialists and academics to sit behind our desks pontificating on low-energy housing, but to visit the people who have actually DONE it is invariably refreshing, and is always a good thing to do as a ‘professional sanity check’. (Dr Neil Cutland, Executive Director, Inbuilt Ltd) You made an excellent presentation and the level of technical knowledge was very high even when compared to similar project presentations that I have visited in the UK. I would thoroughly recommend the Master Class to anyone wishing to know more about this field. (Jon Morris, Principal, One Engineering)

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