Tag: wind energy

Iowa State engineers study how hills, nearby turbines affect wind energy production

Hui Hu pulled a model wind turbine from the top of an office filing cabinet. The turbine tower was just 10 inches high. Its three blades were 10 inches in diameter. It was a perfect 1:320 scale reproduction of the 80-meter diameter wind turbines spinning across Iowa, the country’s second-ranked state in installed wind power capacity. That … Continue reading Iowa State engineers study how hills, nearby turbines affect wind energy production

Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

A laser in Iowa State University’s Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory scanned layer after layer of the flexible fiberglass fabric used to make wind turbine blades. A computer took the laser readings and calculated how dozens of the layers would fit and flow over the curves of a mold used to manufacture a blade. And if there was … Continue reading Wind Energy Manufacturing Lab helps Iowa State engineers improve wind power

Iowa State receives multi-million dollar grant to develop new PhD program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy

Iowa State University will soon become the first institution to award students PhD degrees in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) thanks to a $3.1 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. James McCalley, Murray J. and Ruth M. Harpole Professor in Electrical Engineering, … Continue reading Iowa State receives multi-million dollar grant to develop new PhD program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy

Iowa State-Texas football game to showcase power of Wind

Iowa and football are synonymous, and now, so is Iowa and wind power. Appropriately, top-flight gridiron action and clean, affordable, homegrown energy will share the same stage on Saturday, when wind power features prominently throughout the Iowa State Cyclones-Texas Longhorns football game at Jack Trice Stadium. As the No. 1 state for wind power penetration … Continue reading Iowa State-Texas football game to showcase power of Wind

Female civil engineering students work to create outreach program

Civil Ladies, a diverse female club, is teaming up with the American Society of Civil Engineers to secure a grant to develop an energy-related outreach program. One aspect of the program has the group working with third and fourth graders across the state, showing them the ins and outs of wind turbines. Read the Iowa State … Continue reading Female civil engineering students work to create outreach program

New wind energy research opportunity for undergraduates

As wind energy becomes an increasingly promising renewable energy source, research in the area continues to pick up at Iowa State. Undergraduate students interested in the growing field now have a way to get more involved through the newly established Wind Energy Science, Engineering, and Policy (WESEP) program. WESEP is a National Science Foundation (NSF) … Continue reading New wind energy research opportunity for undergraduates

Engineering forms interdisciplinary research teams aiming for major grants

Three new interdisciplinary research initiatives have been announced by the Iowa State University College of Engineering as part of an innovative program designed to compete for and win multi-million dollar grants, spur economic development, and drive technologies that benefit Iowa and the nation. The Dean’s Research Initiatives build public-private teams in the areas of the … Continue reading Engineering forms interdisciplinary research teams aiming for major grants

Research updates

In the past few months, College of Engineering researchers on three projects—one on novel nanovaccines, one on new wind turbine structures, and another on energy and transportation infrastructure planning—have reached key milestones in their research. Here are some highlights: Making one-dose, needle-free nanovaccines for infectious diseases Can you imagine a world where diseases such as … Continue reading Research updates

College to host wind energy market report

Kathy Belyeu, manager of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Industry Information Services, will share the results of the American Wind Energy Association’s Annual Wind Industry Report on Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in Lee Liu Auditorium, Howe Hall. In addition to the national report, Belyeu will provide information specifically about Iowa, which has … Continue reading College to host wind energy market report

Upcoming wind energy conferences examine trends, policy changes

Iowans interested in wind energy may participate in a pair of conferences in April that will provide updates on trends in wind energy technology, workforce development, and policy changes that affect the entire wind industry. The Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND) Conference and the 2010 Iowa Wind Energy Association’s (IWEA) Annual … Continue reading Upcoming wind energy conferences examine trends, policy changes