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Building a Wind Farm In Your Classroom. I llinois V alley C ommunity C ollege Oglesby, IL www.ivcc.edu. Jim Gibson, Electronics Program Coordinator Sue Isermann, Associate VP for Academic Affairs Jamie Gahm, Director of Continuing

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Building a wind farm in your classroom

Building a Wind Farm

In

Your Classroom

Illinois Valley Community College

Oglesby, IL

www.ivcc.edu


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Jim Gibson, Electronics Program

Coordinator

Sue Isermann, Associate VP for

Academic Affairs

Jamie Gahm, Director of Continuing

Education and Business Services

Rose Marie Lynch, Communications

Instructor


Building a wind farm in your classroom

IVCC’s Wind Energy Technician Program

  • Two certificates – Basic and Advanced

  • Started Fall 2010 – Classes full

  • Grant funding

    • National Science Foundation $560,00

    • Small Business Administration Congressional Grant $220,000

    • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development $99,000

    • Illinois Clean Energy Commission Foundation $30,000

  • Certificates to lead to A.A.S.

  • degree


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Illinois Ranks High in Wind Energy Development

  • 4th in existing wind power capacity

  • 14th in wind potential

Sources: American Wind Energy Association and National Renewable Energy Laboratory


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Illinois Ranks High

  • Good infrastructure: transmission lines, transportation

  • Endorsed Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

    • - 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025,75% of that from wind


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Wind Energy Technician Jobs

  • 1 technician for 10 – 15 turbines

  • In / near IVCC district

    • Over 600 turbines

    • Over 300 permitted forconstruction

  • Starting wages $24 - $25 an hour


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Rationale for a Mini Wind Farm in Your Classroom

  • Capitalize on curiosity about visible turbines

  • Utilize hands-on project to focus on various concepts

  • Highlight “green” energy

  • Introduce/reinforce technical knowledge & skills


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Building a Wind Farm Basics

  • Components of a circuit

    • Source

    • Conductor

    • Control

    • Load


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Source in a Wind Turbine

11

  • Foundation

  • Connection

  • Tower

  • Ladder

  • Wind orientation

  • Nacelle

  • Generator –SOURCE

  • Anemometer

  • Brake

  • Gearbox

  • Blade

  • Blade pitch control

  • Rotor hub

Source

Graphic Source: Arne Nordmann, Wikimedia Commons


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Source You Will Use


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Conductor for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Conductor You Will Use


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Control for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Control You Will Use


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Load for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Load You Will Use


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Assemble

  • Connect load to control

    • Put flat spot (on LED) on right

  • Connect control to conductor

  • Connect conductor to second control

  • Connect second control to source


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)

    • Does light work?


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Add a Load

  • Connect conductors from one load to another

    • Two teams work together

    • Wire colors must match

    • Connections made on same side of control


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)

    • Does light work?

    • Is it dimmer?


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Add a Source: Build a Wind Farm

  • Connect conductors from one source to another

    • Two teams still working together

    • Wire colors must match

    • Connections made on same side of control

Wind Farm


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)

    • Does light work?

    • Is it brighter?


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Congratulations!

You Have Successfully Built

and Tested a Wind Farm


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Cost to Build a Wind Farm

in Your Classroom

  • SOURCE: DC motor $5 - propeller $2

  • CONDUCTOR: Wire $5 for 100 feet

  • CONTROL: Terminal strip $2 per unit

  • LOAD: LED 25 cents per unit

  • TOWER: PVC pipe, tees, elbows $5

  • OTHER SUPPLIES: Wood, screws, etc. $7

TOTAL COST - 2 turbines, 8 teams about $48


Building a wind farm in your classroom

Sources for Parts

  • Electronics stores

  • Lumber Yards

  • Hardware stores

  • Online - Specific sites listed in handbook


Building a wind farm in your classroom

For Instructions on Building

Mini Wind Turbines

and full details on Building a Wind Farm


Building a wind farm in your classroom

For More Information…

Jim Gibson jim_gibson@ivcc.edu

815-224-0453

Sue Isermann sue_isermann@ivcc.edu

815-224-0408

Jamie Gahm jamie_gahm@ivcc.edu

815-224-0428

Rose Marie Lynch rosemarie_lynch@ivcc.edu

815-224-0209

www.ivcc.edu/wind

www.ivcc.edu/nsf


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