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A wide variety of fun science fair projects can be done with wind power. Making a windmill is a great way to discover how this energy source works. Windmill science fair projects can focus on studying the effects of a particular part of a wind turbine.
For instance, how does the material of which the blades of a windmill are made affect the windmill’s effectiveness in generating power? What about the angle at which the blades are oriented? What about the length and width of each individual blade? How many blades is it best to have? Is more always better, or is there some golden mean?
Here are many ideas for science fair projects that are geared toward environmental awareness, renewable energy and sustainable living.
Wind Energy Demonstration – Build a wind tower with small electric motor which generates power to do work or charge a battery. Use an external fan or hair dryer to simulate wind. Supply supporting information from major wind energy manufacturers.
Renewables Survey – Conduct a study on the best renewable energy sources to use in your area, and identify the opportunities and challenges to implementing such a plan. Interview …
… energy proponents will have their place — or at least a booth — at the Kansas State Fair, which starts Friday.
A coalition of citizen groups and wind energy companies will sponsor a Wind Energy Exhibit at the state fair that will educate about the power that can be generated by wind turbines. Kansas during the past few years as seen a building spree of wind farms, including projects near Beaumont in eastern Kansas and Spearville on the state’s west side.
“Our Spearville wind facility, combined with several innovative demand response and energy efficiency programs, is part of our balanced approach to power generation that will provide …
… recently announced the theme for this year’s National Science Experiment: Wired for Wind.
The exciting annual youth science event brings together youth from all around the nation to complete a single, innovative experiment on 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), which will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. Experiment participants will demonstrate how implementing alternatives to traditional energy production can have a positive impact on communities and ecosystems.
4-H youth will be asked to design, build, and test two different …
… notoriety. Here is a brief introduction to wind farms and their potential. Excellent kid’s science project material
A wind farm is simply a collection of wind turbines in a location used to produce electricity. Wind farms can be found in the United States, but are far more prevalent in Europe. China is also beginning to invest large amounts of resources in wind farms as its energy needs grow.
The fundamentals of electricity production through wind farms are pretty simple. Highly efficient wind turbines are placed in locations where they will receive …
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This map shows the best places in Montana to locate wind generators. Montana is located in the wind belt known as the westerlies, so winds generally blow from west to east across the state. However, wind speeds and frequencies vary greatly throughout the state due to variations in the shape of the land. For instance, mountains interrupt the westerly flow, funneling the air through passes and down valleys.
Figure 1: Wind generation for Ontario in June, 2010 – Datapoints are hourly.
As I’ve come to expect, sometimes the windfarms produce large amounts of electricity and sometimes they produce nearly nothing. The average capacity factor this last month was a dismal 18.8%. The most output for any one hour was 746 MW, and the least was 0 MW.
No, that wasn’t a typo. In fact, there was a period of two hours where …
No big changes for wind patterns in the next 50 years according to an Indiana University study.Credit and Larger Version
May 2, 2011
Rising global temperatures will not significantly affect wind energy production in the United States concludes a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.
But warmer temperatures could make wind energy somewhat more plentiful say …