Butler to Give Wind Energy Talk Oct. 16

Thursday, October 9, 2008

University of Iowa News release

Wind energy and Iowa's role in helping develop renewable energy is the subject of a free, public talk from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at T-Spoons, corner of Linn and Market streets. P. Barry Butler, professor and dean of the University of Iowa College of Engineering, will speak.

Butler, whose college is a leader in the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development -- a virtual partnership among the Regents universities, community colleges, industry, and the Iowa Department of Economic Development -- says that the alliance helps the state to attract wind energy companies and related industries. He plans to discuss the fact that in 2007, 35 percent of all new electric generating capacity constructed in the U.S. was based on large-scale wind turbines, with Iowa, Texas and Minnesota leading the nation. While the U.S. currently produces only one percent of its electric power from wind, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that a goal of 20 percent could be achieved by 2030.

The talk is presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City, whose discussion sessions are held on the third Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology.