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Building a Wind Farm

In

Your Classroom

Illinois Valley Community College

Oglesby, IL

www.ivcc.edu


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


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


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


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


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


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 Basics

  • Components of a circuit

    • Source

    • Conductor

    • Control

    • Load


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



Conductor for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab



Control for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab



Load for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab



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


Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)

    • Does light work?


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


Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)

    • Does light work?

    • Is it dimmer?


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


Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)

    • Does light work?

    • Is it brighter?


Congratulations!

You Have Successfully Built

and Tested a Wind Farm


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


Sources for Parts

  • Electronics stores

  • Lumber Yards

  • Hardware stores

  • Online - Specific sites listed in handbook


For Instructions on Building

Mini Wind Turbines

and full details on Building a Wind Farm


For More Information…

Jim Gibson [email protected]

815-224-0453

Sue Isermann [email protected]

815-224-0408

Jamie Gahm [email protected]

815-224-0428

Rose Marie Lynch [email protected]

815-224-0209

www.ivcc.edu/wind

www.ivcc.edu/nsf


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