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There is a need to develop alternative sources of energy other than our finite fossil fuel resources (Clews, 1975; Leckie, Masters, Whitehouse and Young, 1975). One possible area of great potential is the clean renewable energy in the wind. The World Meteorological Organization has estimated that there is a potential for producing 20 million megawatts of electricity from wind power (Clews, 1975). Although there are problems with cost, reliability, and its inherently intermittent nature, both government and industry are working to develop a wind technology that will help meet today's electrical energy needs.

An increased awareness by the general public of what wind generators are, their advantages, disadvantages, capabilities, and capacities, would help in the popular understanding of possible alternatives to present energy problems.

The Industrial Technology Department has an opportunity to help increase public awareness of the concept and potential of wind power by several different means.

First, department faculty and students would get "hands-on" experience with an actual wind system. Included in the experience would be the actual installation of the unit, and connection to battery banks, inverters, or existing power lines.

Second, the wind generator installation would provide a vehicle for students to conduct research related to the problems and potential of wind power. Experiments could be conducted in regular or special classes.

Third, the visibility of the wind generator to both the UNI campus and general public would indicate that the Industrial Technology Department was engaged in wind power use and study.

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Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

First Advisor

Michael White


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