Wind Turbine to Provide Education for JBU Students
Generated power will be given to Siloam Springs
Siloam Springs, Arkansas (January 28, 2011) — John Brown University is erecting a wind turbine on campus to provide another level of hands-on experience for students studying renewable energy. The wind turbine will be tied directly to the Siloam Springs city grid to power the trail lights around JBU. The turbine is expected to produce 2000-3000 kilowatts per year.
“The City of Siloam Springs is pleased to be building upon our partnership with JBU,” said Art Farine, Director of Siloam Springs Electric Department. “We are excited to be a part of this project and are anxiously awaiting the real world data that we will be collecting with this pilot project."
The university has worked closely with the city of Siloam Springs to address permit and land-use issues for the turbine. The final plan was approved during a city board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
“It has been great to work with the City of Siloam Springs on this project,” said Steve Brankle, director of facility services. “Once they gave the project approval, we began the ground work for the turbine. We hope to have it installed and producing power by early February.”
The 3.5 kilowatt capacity Windspot Turbine was donated to JBU by Spanish manufacturer Sonkyo Energy as part of a research collaboration. The renewable energy faculty and students will conduct a one-year evaluation of the turbine production under the given wind conditions.
The 60-foot wind turbine is scheduled to be installed on the west side of campus near the Engineering and Construction Management building site, currently under construction.
JBU’s renewable energy degree includes courses in wind, solar and biomass energy, practical experience in designing, construction and monitoring renewable energy generators. Students can choose one of two distinct emphases: management and international development, in addition to the renewable energy emphasis within an engineering degree.