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May 2011

OSU-OKC Erects Wind Turbine on Campus


OSU-OKC Wind Turbine
The Endurance Windpower Turbine stands at 90-feet-tall east of the Engineering Technology Center. The new addition stays true to Oklahoma State University traditions as it is painted orange, black and white.

To aid its flourishing two-year-old wind turbine technology program, OSU-Oklahoma City recently erected a 90-foot-tall wind turbine on the east side of the new Engineering Technology Center.

The wind turbine will not only accommodate the Wind turbine technology program in OSU-OKC’s science and engineering division, but it will also provide students hands-on learning for monitoring wind energy.

The turbine will be wired to partially power the LEED-certified engineering building that is currently being constructed to house all the OSU-OKC Science & Engineering programs.

“What better way to accent your ‘green’ building, than to have ‘green’ technology feeding it,” says Michael Eckart, science and engineering division head.

The Endurance Windpower Turbine has a 5 kW generator. It stands 90 feet tall, with blades that are roughly 10 to 12 feet long. It is powered by wind, as well as solar panels and a geo-thermal heat pump system.

Several simulators are set up inside each of the classrooms in the Engineering Technology Center, which will directly feed off the turbine. Students will be able to see how much electricity the turbine produces a day, in addition to having the accessibility to lower the turbine to the ground for a closer look.

OSU-OKC’s two major contributors for sponsoring the turbine are OG & E, who donated funds and P&K Equipment, who provided equipment and installation at discounted rates.

“I think the wind turbine was right on the money for the engineering building,” Eckart says. It fits well with the program, it fits well with the building, and when you see it from the highway, it just says we have a wind program here.”

Although the electronics portion of the turbine still need to be installed, Eckart says the turbine should be officially running and powering the building by the time the engineering building is dedicated in September.

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