Gallery: Night Heron Wind Turbines Made of Scraps Make Rural Kenyans En...


These amazing Night Heron wind turbines made of locally-sourced scraps give rural Kenyans a whole new lease on life. Based on Hugh Piggot’s open source design, the turbines are built from recycled car parts and other scrap materials and cost just over $2,000 to build and install. 32 million Kenyans are unable to read at night without polluting kerosene lights or to refrigerate food and medicine – daily activities that we take for granted. These new, affordable turbines provided by Access:energy have genuine potential to change that.

A division of Access: collective, Access: energy invests in sustainable technologies for East Africa. The Night Heron wind turbines are what they call the first commercially viable zero-import wind turbines that produce up to 2.5kWh per day. This is enough energy to power 50 rural homes. Among the first clients are a local radio station and a private client who wants to create an energy hub for his home. Night Heron wind turbines provide energy that is 2 to 3 times cheaper than energy provided by solar PV panels mostly because of inexpensive materials.

Access:energy just raised $15,000 through an Indie GoGo campaign and takes pride in knowing that rather than putting a band-aid on Kenya’s energy shortage, they are empowering local people to build their own sources of energy, making them completely self-sustaining in the process. Like the first school in Nigeria built out of plastic bottles, this project is truly sustainable since it literally puts the power back in the locals’ hands!

+ Access:energy

Via Fastco Design


or your inhabitat account below


  1. barnaby king September 24, 2012 at 10:10 am

    hi i am starting a very similar project in Ghana with a few differences. i am hoping that i can be put in contact with someone from this project. it would be vastly beneficial for me to have this contact

  2. Anthony Karumba March 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi, i’m a press photographer with AFP, Agence France Presse, Nairobi office and read your article with interest. Is there anyone i could get in touch with about more info on the Night Heron wind turbines? …..

  3. LithiumBeauty February 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    That’s funny, just from the article cover picture I thought it was one of Hugh’s.
    Does anyone know how accessible decent batteries are for the people building these? That is often an unfortunately large expense.
    Also, kudos to whomever carved those blades, they look amazing.

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
Federated Media Publishing - Home