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Wind Power

  1. 1. Wind Power Donovan Martin Tony Catchings Christiaan Hille Nick Lundquist
  2. 2. Description <ul><li>With energy sources becoming more expensive, different methods are beginning to become much more useful and resourceful, including that of Wind Power. </li></ul><ul><li>Wind Power is the conversion of wind energy into useful form, such as electricity, using wind turbines. </li></ul><ul><li>Wind Turbine </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ultimate Goal <ul><li>We are hoping to find more useful ways to use Wind Power in our everyday lives, conserving the use of Fossil Fuels such as Coal, Oil, and Gas, which are growing more and more expensive. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Problem <ul><li>Last summer, gas prices were at a high of $3.60 a gallon, and for a common high school student with a part time job, it takes up almost ½ of their paychecks just to fill up their tank. Prices for the use of fossil fuels are becoming increasingly expensive and are putting holes many wallets around the nation. It is becoming a major issue in the political world as well, making candidates put it in their regime for more electoral support. Weather it is gas or heat, the price to use fossil fuels is way to high, and a different resource would help a lot. </li></ul>
  5. 5. History <ul><li>In 1975, Wind Power was first thought up, based on personal experience with the U.S. Federal Wind Energy Program. </li></ul>The first use of a large windmill to generate electricity was a system built in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1888 by Charles F. Brush. The Brush machine (shown at right) was a postmill with a multiple-bladed &quot;picket-fence&quot; rotor 17 meters in diameter, featuring a large tail hinged to turn the rotor out of the wind. It was the first windmill to incorporate a step-up gearbox (with a ratio of 50:1) in order to turn a direct current generator at its required operational speed (in this case, 500 RPM.)
  6. 6. Related Projects <ul><ul><li>As students with our own cars, gas prices are a big part of our budget, so when thinking of a problem to find a solution for, we thought that it would be good to find cheaper resources for the use of gas. We feel the effects that the high prices of fossil fuels have on the economy, and want a solution to makes things easier. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Three Possible Solutions Wind Power Wind Turbine (Natural Wind) Fans (Human Powered) None
  8. 8. Solution 1 <ul><li>Natural Wind helps us lower fossil fuel dependence </li></ul>
  9. 9. Solution 2 <ul><li>Fans power wind to create extra energy needed for appliances which don’t need electricity to run property. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Planning and Scheduling <ul><li>Throughout the time period in which we had to work on this project, we researched the history of wind power, how it has been used throughout the years, and why it is such high in prices. We then did research on Wind Power and how it will be a much better solution to energy in the future. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Expertise & Consulting Interviews <ul><li>We talked to a representative from the “Catch The Wind” organization, that works hard with XCEL Energy. Her name was Mary Hoff. She just told us how the naturalness of wind is the best resource available, but on a non-windy day, some problems could occur. Then we would need to go back to other resources involving fossil fuels. </li></ul><ul><li>We reached her at 800-657-3710. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Questions for Consultant <ul><li>Questions we asked Mary Hoff: </li></ul><ul><li>-Why are fossil fuels so expensive? </li></ul><ul><li>-How does wind power work? </li></ul><ul><li>-If it isn’t windy, would problems occur? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Design Process <ul><li>Fossil Fuels are becoming way to expensive in an average Americans life, and we strongly believe there are better ways use our natural energy, while saving money. </li></ul><ul><li>We just hope to influence others to feel the same towards wind power, and hope that it becomes more popular in the future, as an alternate resource for energy. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Technology <ul><li>This is an outline of how Wind Power generates electricity. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>Wind Power will be generated from more in the Midwest part of the country, in rural areas. </li></ul><ul><li>We hope that energy companies will go into detail about wind power and make it a common use in the future. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Facts <ul><li>Minnesota ranks fourth nationwide with 615 MW of installed wind capacity, as of December 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>As of July 2005, there were 51 wind projects in Minnesota operating 683 turbines and producing more than 600 MW, enough to power approximately 230,000 homes. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2003, Minnesota added the more wind </li></ul></ul><ul><li>North Shaokatan 11.88 capacity (226 MW), than any other state. Shaokatan Hills 11.88 In 2004, the state added the fourth largest Lake Benton II 103.50 increase (39 MW) nationwide. </li></ul>