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Installation of a 120 foot Wind Turbine at Owens Community College

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Published on Nov 1, 2009

Owens Expands Renewable Energy Program with Installation of 120-Foot Wind Turbine, Oct. 28-30
PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH - Owens Community College is once again expanding its educational opportunities within the area of renewable energy by announcing the installation of the academic institutions second wind turbine, Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 28-30. Similar to the Colleges recently-installed 33-foot Skystream 3.7 wind turbine, the new 120-foot EW50 wind turbine will be used for experiential learning purposes within Workforce and Community Services new Wind Turbine Installation and Wind Technology Maintenance Technician certificate programs.

On Wednesday (Oct. 28), Pilot Construction Services LLC based in Kent will begin and complete the process of assembling components of the Colleges new wind turbine from 1-5 p.m. The new EW50 wind turbine is a fully integrated, utility-connected wind generator designed specifically for large commercial businesses, farms, communities, schools, municipal facilities, electric cooperatives and remote locations.

The installation process will continue on Thursday (Oct. 29) as the new wind turbine will be erected into its proper vertical position adjacent to the Colleges Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building on Toledo-area Campus from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pilot Construction Services will conclude the installation work on Friday (Oct. 30) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. by conducting preliminary operational safety tests on the new wind energy technology.

In addition to its instructional utilization for the Colleges new Wind Turbine Installation and Wind Technology Maintenance Technician certification programs, the 50-kilowatt wind turbine generator will be used to convert wind power into electricity for regular operational purposes within the Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building.

Unemployed and dislocated workers, who currently are participating in the initial Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Technician Program through the academic institutions new $1.9 million federal stimulus grant initiative, are intended to serve as the first students to receive instruction on the new wind turbine. Additionally, unemployed and dislocated workers attending the Colleges Wind Turbine Installation Training Program in Kenton as part of a partnership between Owens and the Hardin County One Stop are expected to utilize the technology for educational purposes in the near future.

Individuals attending the Wind Turbine Installation and Maintenance Technician Program through the federal stimulus grant initiative are receiving instruction in the installation, operation and maintenance of wind turbines for futures careers as a wind turbine installer and wind technology maintenance technician. Course content also highlights electrical principles, fluid power fundamentals, environmental safety, OSHA safety and power distribution systems, as well as wind measurement, estimating power output, the economics of wind power, wind technology and interconnection of utilities, among other academic areas.

Students participating Owens Wind Turbine Installation Training Program in Hardin County are receiving education within the areas of installation, operation and maintenance of wind turbines for eventual careers as wind turbine installers. Academic coursework includes training in wind measurement, system terminology and connection to a power grid, among other areas. Installation practices related to installation safety, basics of electricity, interconnection with the utility, siting, battery metering, and load management and energy efficiency are also highlighted.

Owens Workforce and Community Services will be offering its initial academic course offering within the Wind Turbine Installation Certificate Program to area residents in February 2010.

For more information about the new programs, call (567) 661 7357 or 1 800 GO OWENS, Ext. 7357.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelors degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.
Video by Colman McCord

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