Speaker: Mitch Bradt, Program Manager, Department of Engineering Professional Development
Abstract: During the years 2005 - 2009, US wind energy installations experienced growth annual growth rates of 20-45% capacity increase. In the talk, the speaker will give a presentation on some of the fundamental technical background on this maturing energy source. This will include the mechanical and electrical sides of the energy conversion process, a sample of Annual Energy Production estimates as well as the concept of Capacity Factor. We'll take you to the top of a turbine to see the equipment inside--hold onto your hat, it's 100 meters to the top! Then we'll climb back down and follow the electrons to the bulk transmission grid, onto the the distribution grid, and finally to your house to power your lights, ovens, and flatscreens.