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UI adds wind turbine on campus

IOWA CITY (KWWL)-- In a state that ranks among the nation's leaders in the use of wind energy, the University of Iowa is making a push to prepare students for a greener workforce

"It's a very important renewable energy source for our state," said Pablo Carrica, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Iowa.

Michael Carbone is studying mechanical engineering at the University. He's spending his summer helping install a 37 foot wind turbine, the first of it's kind on campus.

"It's kind of nice to have something this large, close enough to field size, and this close to campus, it's good," Carbone said.

The turbine provides a small amount of power, only enough to service a single household, but it's expected to have a strong impact on a student's ability to find work in their field.

"They are going to be able to understand how a wind turbine works and what is important in terms of the design," Carrica said.

Carbone will be one of about 75 students each year that will gain hands on experience with the turbine as part of a core class, analyzing data and posting results on a website for others to follow.

"Knowing all that information can give you calculations on wind energy, how much is actually created from the wind, and things like that, that we can compare to the ratings it's getting from it's on board data," Carbone said.

The turbine is the latest addition to the university's green energy discovery district, a group of projects dedicated to engaging green technology on campus.

It's an effort to prepare the future workforce to continue to develop a greener planet.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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