Clément Joulain was a volunteer with blueEnergy in Nicaragua in 2008 and 2009 working on wind turbine design, construction and testing.
Clément Joulain working on a blueEnergy
wind turbine at INATEC in Bluefields, Nicaragua
By Clément Joulain - Do you know that there are a growing number of organizations using locally made wind turbines for rural electrification? Many organizations all over the world are working on a similar concept. Some of these pioneers are isolated and do not benefit from strong interactions with other similar organizations. This network needs to be empowered.
In February 2011, blueEnergy, in association with Eolsénégal of Senegal and Tripalium of France, and with generous support from Schneider Electric, will co-host an international wind turbine conference in Dakar, Sénégal. This event will take place during the World Social Forum, from the 8th to the 12th of February.
The structure is innovative, with formal meetings and discussions combined with a practical course in order to build a 3-meter diameter turbine and several small machines for household electrification. People attending the course will be local people, craftsman, international experts, politicians and more.
Hugh Piggott, the guru of small wind, is the special guest. Many of his jet-set disciples will be there from Madagascar, Cameroon, Mozambique, Palestine, Korea, Mali, USA, Germany, Peru, and Nicaragua.
Another goal of this event is to build the foundation of an international Association of local wind turbine builders, to support the network, create a website and discussion board, organize other conferences, and help organizations with fundraising by themselves or in groups.