Wind Turbines in Talara, Peru

Wind Turbines in Talara, Peru

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Sep 11, 2013
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Unbeknownst to many, an exciting partnership between design and fabrication firm The Guild and Architecture for Humanity has lately been brewing!

As part of The Guild’s program to send their talented professionals on an international sabbatical to do projects for social good, Matt Tarosky has been spending the last month in the tiny village of Piedritas, Peru, developing a prototype wind turbine.

Using commonly available tools and scrap materials that would otherwise go to waste, the aim of the project is to create a small-scale turbine that can power to individual appliances such as cell phones or radios in homes around the village.

The design has been carefully considered to allow the prototype to be replicated by community members for their own use. In this way, Matt’s project will have an impact that outlives his stay in Talara, as his expertise provides the catalyst for community members taking the supply of electricity, literally, into their own hands.

Matt’s project has been possible in this remote location due to the support and collaboration of Jesús Porras, the Design Fellow imbedded in the community to implement AfH’s project for the expansion of the only local school as part of the Enel Cuore Community Empowerment Program.

For a closer look at the design and prototyping process as well as some great photos, check out Matt’s blog, and stay tuned for more updates.