Skyline School - Wind
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The wind turbine project at Skyline School represents the first time the school will be able to generate electricity for its own use. The raising of the wind turbine is also a first for Portland Public Schools. The turbine installation culminated in a renewable energy education event led by the Solar 4R Schools team, Skyline School teachers and volunteers. Students broke into teams to build and test their own wind turbines and measured the impact of blade size, shape and rotation. A slide presentation on solar and wind generation was also viewed during student assemblies that day. The event was covered on daily news broadcasts on KGW, KPTV and The Portland Business Journal.
The anemometer installed on the 90-foot monopole tower will monitor and record real-time wind conditions affecting turbine energy generation. The data will allow students and interested community members to evaluate the efficiency of the system under real-world conditions.
Energy monitoring services provided by Solar 4R Schools has connected the live performance data from their wind system to the Energy Exploration Center at Solar4RSchools.org. Students and educators nationwide can now chart, graph and analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes. A touchscreen kiosk placed within the school allows employees and visitors to interact with the system's live performance data while learning about the science and benefits of renewable energy.