Title

Project Turbine: Using the Campus as a Learning Laboratory

Presenter

Dani Hupper

Abstract

Whitman educates future generations of leaders who grow up to educate, debate, research, and join the global exploration for clean energy. But why should we wait until then? After receiving a grant from our energy utility, Pacific Power, Physics and Environmental Studies majors designed Whitman’s first ever student-built vertical axis wind turbine. We’re investigating the most efficient battery, voltage regulator, and blades to maximize energy from Whitman’s slow wind speeds. The turbine was designed with detachable parts, a plexiglass base, and a portable foundation so as to be moved to other locations. Moreover, the project will be integrated into course curricula, ranging from activities that test various blade models with the 3D printer, to writing the turbine’s Environmental Impact Statement. Above all, the wind turbine is designed with the intention of being a constantly evolving experiment, for both Whitman’s future and current leaders in sustainability.

Faculty Sponsor

Kurt Hoffman

Sponsor Department/Programs

Physics

Tracks

Poster Session

Location

Cordiner Hall

Presentation Type

Poster

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Apr 19th, 1:00 PM Apr 19th, 2:00 PM

Project Turbine: Using the Campus as a Learning Laboratory

Cordiner Hall

Whitman educates future generations of leaders who grow up to educate, debate, research, and join the global exploration for clean energy. But why should we wait until then? After receiving a grant from our energy utility, Pacific Power, Physics and Environmental Studies majors designed Whitman’s first ever student-built vertical axis wind turbine. We’re investigating the most efficient battery, voltage regulator, and blades to maximize energy from Whitman’s slow wind speeds. The turbine was designed with detachable parts, a plexiglass base, and a portable foundation so as to be moved to other locations. Moreover, the project will be integrated into course curricula, ranging from activities that test various blade models with the 3D printer, to writing the turbine’s Environmental Impact Statement. Above all, the wind turbine is designed with the intention of being a constantly evolving experiment, for both Whitman’s future and current leaders in sustainability.