April 14, 2013
9 AM - 5:30 PM
Instructors: Dan Bartmann, Dan Fink
While solar energy is widely understood at the most basic level by the general public, wind energy at the small, home scale is far more complicated and is generally misunderstood by both the public and the news media. This course presents all the basics of wind power in an easy-to-understand format, then covers all the important details needed to design and install a successful small wind power system for home or business.
This workshop is in the classroom only, with an on-site tour of a functioning wind power system (a 12-foot diameter wind turbine on a 93 foot tilt-up tower).
The class is IREC / ISPQ accredited. Students who successfully complete it are eligible for 8 continuing education credit hours.
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Following this class, we will be teaching a 4-day Homebrew Wind Power class at the same site, followed by a 2-day Towers and Installation class.. It's hands-on, and highly recommended for those with a keen interest in small wind power. We will also be teaching Intro to Off-Grid systems the day before this class.
Detailed information will be provided upon registration for the class, but don't hesitate to contact us before registering if you have any questions!
Course Agenda / Syllabus
9:00 AM – 10 AM Introductions
What is electricity?
Units of measurement
Grid tie vs. off-grid
10:05 AM – 11 AM Power available in the wind
Lift vs. drag
HAWT vs. VAWT
High wind protection
11:05 AM – 12 PM Wind site assessment
12 PM – 1 PM Lunch! (movies, slideshows)
1 PM – 2 PM Available wind turbine overview
2:05 PM - 3 PM Wind turbine towers
3:05 PM – 4 PM Balance of system
4:05 PM – 5:30 PM Conservation / efficiency
Discussion / Q&A
The textbook for this class is "Homebrew Wind Power" by the instructors, Dan Bartmann and Dan Fink. You might be better prepared for class if you read the textbook in advance, however selected return copies are available at half price during the class.