UI Wind Turbine Installation Scheduled for July 6

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

University of Iowa News Release

The University of Iowa is scheduled to install a 2.4 kW wind turbine at the south end of Madison Street in Iowa City from 10 a.m. until noon, Tuesday, July 6, weather permitting.

Rising some 37 feet into the air, the wind turbine will be used as a teaching device by Pablo Carrica, associate professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. UI Facilities Management will also connect the turbine to the existing power panel in the Madison Street Services Building (MSSB) and use the power it generates on campus.

The wind turbine is part of the UI's evolving "green energy discovery district," roughly bounded by MSSB, the University Services Building and the UI Power Plant. The area engages several green energy technologies that include the new Energy Control Center on the third floor of the University Services Building, a solar E-car charging station to be constructed near MSSB, two types of photovoltaic/solar panel technologies on and adjacent to the new Cambus Maintenance facility, expansion of the biomass energy program at the UI Power Plant, a growing alternative fuel vehicle fleet, and the investigation into the revitalization of hydroelectric power. Several of these projects are the outcome of collaborative efforts between Facilities Management and the College of Engineering.

The wind turbine and its instrumentation were purchased with a $39,778 grant made to Carrica from the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND).