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Building a Wind Farm

In

Your Classroom

Illinois Valley Community College

Oglesby, IL

www.ivcc.edu

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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

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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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Building a Wind Farm Basics

  • Components of a circuit
    • Source
    • Conductor
    • Control
    • Load
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Source in a Wind Turbine

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  • 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

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Conductor for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab

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Control for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab

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Load for a Wind Turbine

Source: National Renewable Energy Lab

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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
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Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)
    • Does light work?
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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
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Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)
    • Does light work?
    • Is it dimmer?
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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

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Test

  • Turn on wind source (fan)
    • Does light work?
    • Is it brighter?
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Congratulations!

You Have Successfully Built

and Tested a Wind Farm

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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

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Sources for Parts

  • Electronics stores
  • Lumber Yards
  • Hardware stores
  • Online - Specific sites listed in handbook
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For Instructions on Building

Mini Wind Turbines

and full details on Building a Wind Farm

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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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