Thursday, January 12, 2012

Days 8-10

For our last plant visit, we toured a wind farm. The plant has been operating for a number of years, so we were able to look at both the older and newer models. The plant manager first showed us the control room where they monitor all the turbines and collect data of the average wind speed and the average electricity generation. We then were able to enter the turbines to see the circuits and generator. While inside the turbine, the plant manager explained all the components that are factored in when picking a location for a wind plant. Besides average wind speed and accessibility, he also noted that they try not to build plants in the migration path of birds. After exiting the turbine, he continued to talk more about the future of wind plants and the developments in wind turbine technology.

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