Sault College Gets Wind Power
SooNews Wire forwww.SooNews.ca: July 17, 2008
The view northeast from downtown Sault Ste. Marie has an new marker on the horizon.
Blades of the Sault College wind turbine are ready to turn generating power for the Student Life Centre on campus. In a grand opening event, Thursday, in the Multimedia Centre, the College will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the Brookfield Renewable Power Energy Training Centre and the inaugural turning of the blades on the new wind turbine. Together, these new facilities provide a hands-on approach renewable energy learning, says Dr. Ron Common, president, Sault College.
Sault College and Brookfield Renewable Power have partnered in the education of renewable energy in Sault Ste. Marie. Brookfield Renewable Power, along with FEDNOR, NOHFC and Duke Energy (Union Gas) invested in a new facility to be used as a training/lab area for students to acquire skills and knowledge that is useful to employees in the energy sector. We are thrilled to be working with Brookfield Renewable Power to educate the community about renewable energy, says Common.
André Legault, Chief Operating Officer Canadian Operations, Brookfield Renewable Power will be in attendance at the opening, travelling from Gatineau, Quebec. The new centre is home to a mechanical shop/trades area and a machine shop. Historical plaques also accent the space depicting power generation activity in the area.
The new, 30kW wind turbine located on our campus offers academic and research possibilities to students in various programs while powering the Student Life Centre. This event will introduce the turbine to the community and explore what having a renewable energy source on campus means to the College. More information about our turbine, including photos can be found at www.saultcollege.ca/WindEnergy.
The turbine is a new focal point for learning: mechanical students will be learning how to maintain turbines and will be taking care of the machine for us; Ironworker apprentices will be lowering the tower any time maintenance is required; process automation students will be creating a data acquisition system for the turbine that feeds a display outside of the Brookfield Renewable Power Energy Training Centre so that the College community can see how much power the turbine is producing; civil engineering technicians will be inspecting the tower on an annual basis; and our fish and wildlife students have collected baseline wildlife data and will be continuing to monitor any impacts the turbine has on the environment.
Dr. Ted Hewitt, Vice President, Research and International Relations, University of Western Ontario will be speaking about the importance of the wind turbine and a project that Sault Colleges turbine is assisting in at the University of Western Ontario relating to wind research. The community is invited to attend the event. Please see the website at www.saultcollege.ca for details.
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