The London to Uganda Wind Turbine Project

The London to Uganda Wind Turbine Project is a vision of combining secondary education with practical solutions to a schools power needs.

The partnership between Copland Community School in London and Apala Secondary school in Alebtong district, northern Uganda is supported by Global School Partnerships run by the Department for International Development (DFID). Global School Partnerships aims to motivate young people’s commitment to a fairer, more sustainable world. DFID supports partnerships that promote global education through the curriculum. Support and guidance is provided to teachers and grants to schools to make the most of a school partnership as a learning tool. Funding is available for visits between partner schools to enable them to develop curriculum projects together based on global themes.

The Project Plan
The London to Uganda Wind Turbine Project aims to take these goals one step further. In order to really educate our young people at Copland Community School in London it is proposed to actually build a working wind turbine. This will teach the students many aspects of physics such as electro-magnetism, velocity profiles, renewable energy and aerodynamics, as well as power generation and economics of power generation in developing nations. Once a small wind turbine has been built in London these students will travel to Alebtong in Uganda with the support of the Global School Partnership. The British students will then teach the Ugandan students how to build a wind turbine. The students in Alebtong will also have been taught the basic physics and all students will have studied the same design. Together they will build a much larger version of the turbine built in London and this turbine will actually be used to power the school. Apala secondary school in Alebtong is in much need for more power to supply students with modern facilities.

Aims and Objectives

  • Educate young people on small scale power generation and basic physics.
  • Strengthen the partnership between Copland Community School in London and Apala Secondary school in Alebtong.
  • Provide sustainable power for Apala Secondary school in Alebtong.
  • Develop practical life skills within the next generation.

The design of wind turbine to be followed is the Axial Flux Windmill Plans produced by Scoraig Wind Electric and written by Hugh Piggott. These plans are used globally by many charities and small businesses. They are a proven design which provides a good power output at a low manufacturing cost. The plans enable the design to be followed in different sizes and do not require heavy industrial processes.

The project has the support of the following organisations, however it still requires additional funding for the procurement of materials to build both wind turbines. Contacts have been made in the UK and in Uganda to enable the materials to be collected.

The project is the idea of Simon Henry Opio-Emuna who teaches physics at Copland Community School and also has the support of Mr Graeme Plunkett, the head teacher and Mr. Kevin Aldertone, Head of Physics and Science. They will provide the education to prepare the students for the build as well as guide them through the entire process.

The project also has the support of Medaid UK, Charity Registration Number 1111025.

To provide additional assistance with securing funding and obtaining materials the support of REsource Living has been enlisted, an independent organisation providing solar and wind power at events in the UK set up to inspire and educate about renewable energy and sustainable living.

Wind Empowerment is an association for the development of locally built small wind turbines for sustainable rural electrification. It is a support network for anyone building the Piggott wind turbine design.

How will this partnership enhance teaching and learning?
The project will help the two schools to develop a global dimension through joint curricular work with colleagues in partner schools through;

  • Collaborative curriculum development
  • Provide a platform and ways of challenging and extending learners’ views of the world
  • Exploring and sharing views, diversity, culture, food, music, language, human rights, social and economic activities etc.
  • Encouraging pupils and helping them to build interest in scientific studies.

Simon Henry Opio-Emuna:
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One Response to The London to Uganda Wind Turbine Project

  1. Luswata Nashif says:

    am interested in joining the college

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