Onawi is a non-profit organisation that aims to directly contribute to a just transition towards climate change mitigation by making designs of wind turbines freely available to all.

We will develop these designs through open source cooperative development, which brings several advantages. By promoting open collaboration among all stakeholders throughout the product life-cycle we aim to make the turbines reliable and well suited to their end use. This process will also harness third party improvements and innovations and to ensure they remain publicly available under an open license as the foundation to future designs.

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if you want to know what we are up to, and would like to receive a newsletter (about quarterly), please send an email to newsletter - at - onawi.org

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Helping to develop community wind power in Peru

Onawi has signed a memorandum of understanding with the community of La Tortuga, Peru and the NGO Tropico Seco to work towards community wind project in their town. We are very excited to be working with them to investigate the options, including the possibility of using open designs and assembling the turbines in the region. In March we will be starting a community dialogue on the ways forward and the installation of anemometers which will provide wind data whilst the dialogue is ongoing. The installation will involve local people and we will train them in the maintenance of the anemometers.

We are currently raising funds for the project.



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Country reports available

As a result of the work of our intern, Thalia, we have completed country reports on Brazil, Chile, Egypt, India, Tukey and Indonesia. The reports draw on the WWEA's analysis of the wind market and wind resource, and consider other factors, which may make the open source model for mid sized turbines an attractive one. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the reports, please drop us an email.

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Spring news

We're very happy to have been joined by an intern for the next few months, who thought our project was interesting enough to leave sunnier climes to come to rainy Manchester. Welcome Thalia! WWEA have been helping us with some resources for her work - so a big thank you to them too.

We are looking for a couple of people with web skills to give our website an overhaul and make it ready for the next stage of the project. If you are interested, or know someone who may be please get in touch.

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Previous presentations

London: Open Hardware Users Group

Learn more about the project

24th November 2011, 18:00 - 20:00 at Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG, [map


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Presentation at World Wind Energy conference in Cairo

We presented the project in the WWEC2011 conference. We spoke to lots of interested and interesting people, who were excited about our project which was great -- ranging from representative from specialist local industries, keen students, retraining engineers to social scientists. (We'll be in touch with you soon.) If you weren't there or didn't manage to speak to us, please register here and we'll keep you updated via our (low volume) mailing list. We will be publishing Creative Commons designs over the coming weeks,

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Nordic Folkecenter makes turbine designs available

Our partner the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy has agreed to release specific 150 kw turbine designs together with Onawi under open licence conditions.

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