I’ve just been to the wind turbines talk at the Climate Camp on Blackheath. It was really well attended. The organisation who ran the talks are called v3power.co.uk. They often run courses explaining how to build your own wind turbine, but they’ve never held one in London. If anyone is interested, they would need to find some workshop space for a 3 day course… It sounds great to me.
Anyway, below are my notes from the talk:
All the hand made turbines at the camp were based on Hugh Piggott’s books. He is seen as the master of handmade wind farms. His book costs £12. Older versions of his book are free to download as pdf files from the website.
The montage above was created by me back in January, as a way of playing with the idea of how a wind farm might look on the heath. So imagine how incredible it felt to be walking around seeing the real thing up on the heath today:
I spoke to a couple of the people who built the wind turbines. Their organisation is called V3 Power, and they specialise in building renewable energy devices. They told me that the gospel book on how to build them is A Wind Turbine Recipe Book by Hugh Piggott which you can buy for £12. He highly recommended the website http://www.scoraigwind.com/
They currently have two turbines up in the air, whizzing away (he said that this spot is renowned for its wind, a point the Bugle can confirm from his kite adventures). They are hoping to put up two more tomorrow, and are currently charging four 12 volt car batteries at a time, which are then distributed around the camp when they are full, for music, computer use etc. They also have an inverter which allows them to create AC power, so that mains devices such as mobile phone chargers can be powered in the van – see below:
Wind Farm batteries on Blackheath
If you’re interested in finding out more, they are holding a workshop on Saturday at 4.30pm in the camp on Blackheath. See the map for the location. There are also loads of other events going on.
The montage at the top is based on a couple of images. The heath image is by Nicobobinus and the turbines are by jespis. Both are creative commons licensed, as is my montage.
As I write this, it is blowing a gale outside the Bugle’s window… I think the glass might actually rattle its way out of the window frames. So it seemed like an appropriate moment to put up these two videos of kites dancing over Blackheath, taken by youtube user jadepike4. Perhaps we should invest in those Blackheath wind farms after all.
To the couple waiting for the 7:12 to Charing Cross at Blackheath Station… It had been raining, and it was really windy…
They threw their umbrella on to the grass verge, because it had turned inside out. No need to keep it with them, or find a waste bin.
I’ve seen the people who give up their weekends so that “professional couples” like this can litter their own public spaces. Stupid suit-wearing troglodytes.
Of course, I didn’t actually say that. I said “Someone’s got to tidy that up, you know”, and the response was “shut yer face”. England prevails. Though sometimes I wish it didn’t.
Non-Blackheath photo by Flickr user B Tal.