Wind turbine makes its west campus debut

Wind turbine makes its west campus debut

Thursday, July 15, 2010
It’s up and running!  Norris Public Schools, with the help of Norris Public Power and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, recently erected a wind turbine to be used for educational purposes.  The turbine is located to the west of the Middle School. Recently, the Norris Education Foundation received a $10,000 donation to be used for alternative energy research.  Through the Wind For Schools Program, these dollars were put to good use as the Skystream 3.7 was recently installed in May, 2010.  Standing at 30 feet on a hinged monopole, the wind turbine is rated at 1.8kW continuous usage, and 2.4kW peak usage. Students in agricultural education and other classes throughout the district will be learning more about wind power as they monitor wind speeds and energy output of the wind turbine through an online wind turbine monitoring system.  Check out the wind turbine the next time you are in the area!  The wind turbine is connected to a dedicated computer that is gathering a non-stop data stream of information to monitor wind speed and energy generated; the data will be incorporated into across-the-curriculum activities that involve problem solving and analysis of this real-time, up close and on-campus project in sustainable energy.For more information about wind energy, go to the state of Nebraska's renewable energy site on wind at http://www.neo.ne.gov/renew/wind.htm or visit the University of Nebraska's Wind For Schools project page at http://engineering.unl.edu/academicunits/electricalengineering/outreach/windforschools/index.shtml