Wind Turbine

Just before the 2012 winter break, a wind turbine was installed at the Sycamore Towers residence halls on ISU’s campus. From inception to completion, the wind turbine has been a university-wide project with a strong focus on environmental science and applied conservation education. Over 400 students have been involved with data collection to determine the best location for this turbine on campus (see the map below).  Sabrina Brown has conducted climatological research on Terre Haute wind speeds as it relates to wind production which she presented at a national conference and was invited to publish a paper on her search. Click here to see the official news story from SENCER.

The wind turbine has a 4 kilowatt UGE vertical shaft and has been onli
ne since 2/10. Based on that data we expect the turbine to produce 6813 kilowatts of energy per year.

Wind turbine installations tend to take place in rural areas, where buildings don’t obstruct the wind eddies that power turbines. Since ISU’s landscape is predominantly urban, students collected information about wind speed and direction on campus to ensure the best possible placement.

The turbine was dedicated on February 22nd, 2013. Please scroll down to view news articles about the turbine.

"ISU in the News: Wind Turbine Receives National Attention" ISU Newsroom, February 27 2013
"Winning Name of Turbine Announced" The Statesman, February 24 2013
"Wind Turbine Boosts Indiana State Energy Sustainability" SFGate, February 23 2013
"ISU Energy Sustainability Grows With Dedication of Wind Turbine" Tribune Star, February 23 2013
"University Dedicates Wind Turbine" ISU Newsroom, February 22 2013
"First Wind Turbine Put to Work at ISU" My Wabash Valley, February 22 2013
"Wind Turbine Dedication" ISU Newsroom, February 22 2013
"ISU Harnesses the Power of the Wind" The Statesman, January 11 2013
"Name the Wind Turbine" ISU Newsroom, December 12 2012