Who we are:
We are organised as a collective enterprise. That means we try to manage without hierarchical structures. We bear joint responsibility for everything and we organize our remuneration in a need-oriented manner. We show that working on an equal footing with others in solidary and cooperative contexts is possible.
We emerged from the BOEE collective (Ecological Energy Rebel Gang), which build up a lot of experience from 2012 to 2015 by conducting workshops. In the ERNI (renewable ideas) collective several people from the areas of Kassel, Leipzig and Berlin work together. We come from the crafts, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental construction, renewable energies as well as environmental and resource management. We gained our knowledge through our studies, training and autodidactic approaches.
Together we have set ourselves the goal of further developing small wind turbines themselves along with the electrical infrastructure (charge controller etc.). We also aim to bundle and make available knowledge for non-experts and interested people. The long-term plan is to develop products and services in the area of hybrid and island energy systems.
What we do:
We offer do-it-yourself workshops for small wind turbines. We work according to Hugh Piggott’s instructions, which we continuously improve/optimize. For the workshops, we have a concept which allows all participants, to pass through all different steps and working areas. Thus it allows participants to experience and learn the necessary craftsmanship skills to build a wind turbine. We contribute to practical and theoretical self-empowerment. An atmosphere of low-hierarchy, friendliness, appreciation and open-mindedness is important to us – as is mutual learning and exchange of knowledge. Through our diverse professional backgrounds we are also available for questions and theoretical knowledge in different areas concerning renewable energy systems and sustainability.
We offer workshops in various formats. Between 1 and 6 days anything is possible. We adapt the content and goal together with our partners to meet their respective needs. In addition to lectures and courses, which are specifically aimed at universities and students with engineering and scientific knowledge, we also offer educational workshops, e.g. in cooperation with adult education centres and other institutions (foundations) for which no previous knowledge is required.
We prefer to support alternative housing projects in designing and planning their power supply by means of becoming self-sufficient. Depending on the requirements, we provide an individually selected team from our collective for giving workshops.
Where we are:
Berlin, Leipzig and Kassel, Germany
Tech-Lab at our developing station at the University of Reutlingen
Design of a 1800m Piggot-turbine