The WorldWind Issue 2

The WorldWind Issue 2

In this second issue of the WorldWind newsletter, we give you updates on WindAid Institute’s work with wind turbines in Peru in 2016!
We hope you enjoy reading all about the current electronics project, the exploits of a recent volunteer who was all at sea in Playa Blanca and what’s happening in the volunteer house and the workshop.

Work Hard, Play Hard!

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Nick Warren

At the end of last week WindAid Institute wrapped up an incredible March; A month that stretched even our bounds of what can be accomplished in four weeks! Ashish, Cecilia, and Hang from IBM joined Enrico, Perry, and Lewis to start off the month with a brand new wind turbine in Playa Blanca. Playa Blanca showed us how to celebrate by putting on a Yunza; a tree laden with treats and toys is toppled over as kids dance around in a circle waiting to pounce as the prizes touch ground! We too treated the kids of Playa Blanca to a brand new tradition: Tie-Dye! I am not quite sure how, but I think they managed to keep themselves clean far beyond the norms I would have expected of children and permanent ink. Though I imagine the recurring dips in the sea helped the clean up dramatically. 🙂

As the month continued on we tackled some incredible projects. With the team from IBM we further developed the structure of the WindAid Institute, and an expanded fundraising plan; plus there was the incredible work Lewis and Perry put in overhauling the WindAid Institute inventory program in excel, Gantt diagrams for building turbines in the shop, and a study of the base of the WindAid 1.7 (to name just a few).

Though new excel files, multi-page timelines, and possible fracture propagation in cement are thrilling, I would hate to say so much as to quell curiosity. 😉 Suffice it to say that the Salsa nights at Segovia, and guitar jams at our grill-out to close out the month were well earned!

After an incredible March, and some heart-wrenching goodbyes I will close this post saying thanks to Enrico, Ashish, Cecilia and Hang. Welcome to the family you guys, get back soon!

The Huaraz Telegraph

Installation of Highest Wind Turbine
“…At an altitude over 5,000 metres, it will be the highest-located wind generator in the world. The commissioning and installing were carried out by volunteer engineers from several countries and will serve to provide electricity to the stores located at the grounds of the Pasto Ruri glacier. It has shown that it is possible to produce clean energy in remote locations using the benefices of renewable energy, although about 40% of the rural population of Peru still isn’t connected to any form of electric supply….”

Billy Thurston: London – Water Engineer at Mott MacDonald

“WindAid really was one of the best experiences of my life. As well as teaching me so much about wind energy, and about the socioeconomic and energy situations in the fascinating country that is Peru, it also showed me that amazing things can be done with some determination and persistence if you put your mind to it. Using only relatively simple tools and materials, we were able to create sophisticated pieces of technology that really do change peoples’ lives hugely for the better. The phrase ‘light up a life’ really shows its meaning when you experience first-hand what it is like to live in these communities – with little light once the sun goes down – and so how much of a difference these turbines make. I’m very keen to work in international development in the future, and I feel that my experience at WindAid has really helped me along that path, as well as hugely improving my Spanish language ability too. I leave WindAid with new knowledge and understanding, many new friends, and a new understanding of what really is possible to achieve, along with a good team, when you put your mind to it! Thanks so much to everyone at WindAid – I wholeheartedly recommend the programme to everyone.” – Civil Engineering at Bristol University