Association for the development of locally-built small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification
Wind Empowerment is a global association for the development of locally-manufactured small wind turbines (SWTs) for sustainable rural electrification. It aims to strengthen the capacity of its members through collaboration and knowledge exchange to promote and support small wind technology as a viable solution for rural electrification.
Our project partners 500rpm and Wind Empowerment aim to identify productive uses for electricity generated by small wind turbines, and to implement three pilot systems in economic activities of three regions of Argentina.Read moreMinimize
The background that led our partners to think and implement this project is derived from previously executed projects where users of the Piggott wind turbine technology began to inquire about the possibility of applying electrical energy to local economic activities.
The selected regions and activities in this SEPS project are:
Los Gigantes-Còrdoba: rural tourism
Cholila-Chubut: small-scale livestock production and horticulture
Corralito-Rìo Negro: poultry production
Tonco-Salta: production of leather crafts
The following were considered for the selection: the demands coming from the territory, the long-term sustainability of the pilot tests to be implemented, research analysis on rural economies, the potential of replication and multiplication of experiences.
Recently, the following goals and activities have been achieved/completed:
The characterisation of the local economic activities to be enhanced with the application of wind power in productive processes
The identification and articulation of local actors that can contribute to the sustainability of the project
A socio-technical analysis of potential direct beneficiaries
SWTs can offer viable off-grid power solutions where strong wind resources (4–7m/s and higher) are available and evenly distributed throughout the year, or in regions where the combination of small wind technology and solar PV can provide a reliable power supply.
Wind Empowerment was founded in 2011 at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. The aim was to bridge the geographical gap between its members by providing a global platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration. It has since consolidated and now represents dozens of member organisations, consisting of wind turbine manufacturers, NGOs, universities, social enterprises, cooperatives, training centres, as well as over 1,000 individual members across the world.
Mission & Goals
Wind Empowerment supports the development of locally-built wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification by strengthening the capacity of its members globally through:
Building and sharing financial and human resource connections
Performing joint technical research, sharing technical information and collaborating on key vendor relationships
Strengthening understanding of business and social models for the effective implementation of small wind technology
Managing projects, offering consultancy services and developing/distributing products in line with the association’s guiding principles
Wind Empowerment acts as both a central knowledge bank and a facilitator of direct connections between its members (currently 39 organisations).
Wind Empowerment conferences take place every 2 years and are key in building and maintaining the relationships between individuals and organisations that form the basis of the network.
The previous conference took place from in November 2016 at two different venues in Patagonia, Argentina: WEPatagonia2016.
The webpage of Wind Empowerment is a rich source of information and serves as an exchange platform for the members, as well as for other people interested in the network and the technology. It covers not only recent news and event information, but also contains a library of resources. In addition, lively dialogue takes place in the discussion forum and the webinars offer background information on relevant current topics.
Six Working Groups (WGs) have been set up to actively address the key barriers facing the development of small wind technology for rural development: