From “Interactive class broadcasted from Lakeshore Technical College” — A Basics of Wind Power course is being offered at Moraine Park Technical College as an interactive ITV class broadcast from Lakeshore Technical College (LTC). It will be held on Wednesday evenings, February 15 to May 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. The presenter is Matt Boor, Wind Energy Technology program instructor.

This continuing education class is designed to prepare learners to assess the global energy picture; analyze the causes of wind and wind flow properties; explore small, medium and large wind turbine designs; assess the environmental effects of wind turbines; perform business and site assessments for a wind turbine project; begin plans for a wind turbine project; overview the operation and maintenance of a turbine system; and analyze the future of wind energy.

Participants who complete this 12-week course will be provided the additional opportunity to participate in a wind tower hands-on day at LTC on Friday, May 11. To register, call the LTC Registration Desk at 1-888-468-6582, Extension 1366, and ask for class number 24524.

Students who wish to pursue Wind Energy Technology as a career and receive associate of applied science degree credit, should call the LTC registration desk to enroll in class number 23964. Enrollment in this class provides the prerequisite for students to attend the 2012 Summer Wind Energy Technology Boot Camp to be held June 11 through August 9 at the LTC campus as additional hands-on credits towards the full associate of applied science degree.

Questions on the shared program agreement between Moraine Park and LTC should be directed to Doug Lindsey, dean of the Energy Education Center, at 1-888-468-6582, Ext. 1265.


From “Wind tower erected in Jefferson” — JEFFERSON — As today’s tough economy fosters creativity and innovation almost everywhere, partnerships continue to sprout up around the region to get things done. On Friday afternoon, one of these latest liaisons — between county government and Madison College — was working toward the construction of a wind-speed measurement tower at Jefferson County Fair Park. By Friday evening, the tower was in place.

With Jefferson County Fair Park Director Paul Novitzke looking on, Madison College Industrial Maintenance Instructor Cris Folk and a number of his students undertook the task of erecting the 100-foot, portable wind-measuring tower in the southwest corner of the fair park.

The device has a small turbine on top to measure wind velocity, direction, temperature and other data that will be made publicly available over the Internet. After one year, the Jefferson County Fair Park Committee will have enough data to determine the feasibility of erecting a full-size wind turbine at the fairgrounds. Madison College, also known as MATC, in turn, will use the tower and data gathered in Wind Turbine Safety and Introduction to Wind Energy classes taught at its Watertown and Fort Atkinson campuses.

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From the Daily Union: “Turbines save Fort schools power, money” — The two small wind energy systems on Fort Atkinson’s north side are generating a lot of interest, as well as electricity.

A wind turbine at Madison Area Technical College-Fort Atkinson has been in operation since November 2009, while the tower at Fort Atkinson High School began generation this past April.

The School District of Fort Atkinson held an informational presentation Monday night at the base of its Endurance energy system. The meeting drew several-dozen community members who expressed great interest in the savings and logistics of setting up a small wind energy system like these.

The differences

The two energy systems are models from different manufacturers, with MATC installing a 150-foot Northern Power 100-kilowatt wind turbine. The school district’s Endurance E-3120 tower is 20 feet higher, although MATC’s is rated to generate more energy. The maximum output for the MATC system is 100 kilowatts per hour, twice that of the high school’s system. The blades are 35 feet in length.

The high school’s wind tower sports a sort of nose cone on the front of the turbine, and it has a 61-foot rotar diameter. It is accessed via a ladder on the outside of the tower for maintenance. The turbine at MATC has an indoor stairway so maintenance workers can scale the tower from the inside.


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