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Design And Construction Of A Hydro -Wind Hybrid Renewable Power Station In Iowa Hickory Hills State Park

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

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The objective of this applied research project is to design and construct a small-scale hydroelectric and wind power station for generating zero-emission electricity for cabins and RV outlets in Hickory Hills park located in La Porte City, Iowa. The project consists of three phases. Phase 1, a feasibility study for the wind and water resource availability, which was completed last year. Phase 2 is an ongoing design and construction of the entire mechanical systems, which began in September 2004 and is to be completed by May 1, 2005. The final phase (Phase 3) includes the following: (1) completion of wiring of the electrical systems in power house; (2) analysis of the occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) rules as applied to the project, (3) operation of the hydro and wind system; (4) completion of field test measurements, and observation of daily average power readings; (5) collecting data on environmental savings and air quality improvement; and (6) report of results to the Black Hawk County Conservation Board and local media.


Department of Industrial Technology

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