Hands-On Distributed Wind Energy Workshop
Appalachian State’s Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site, located on Beech Mountain, will be the site for a one-day, hands-on, crash-course workshop on small-scale distributed wind energy. Participants will:
- Tour the turbines at the facility that has been in operation since 2004
- Experience a crash course in distributed wind energy in the on-site MobiLab and MobiLanding, designed and constructed by Appalachian State Building Science students
- Learn how to determine if wind energy is a viable option
- Install and commission a small wind turbine.
The Small Wind Research and Demonstration Site is a Class 5 wind site, located at an elevation of 5,136 feet with an average wind speed of about 18 mph at 164 feet and an average annual power density of almost 600 Watts per square meter. This makes it an outstanding wind site and focal point for educational, hands-on workshops. The site provides attendees with first-hand experience with wind power technology.
Instructor Brent Summerville is a professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in Appropriate Technology with a focus on renewable energy. He is currently the practitioner-in-residence at Appalachian State University’s Department of Technology and the Built Environment. He is also the research director for the Small Wind Certification Council. Prior to that, he directed the Western North Carolina Renewable Energy Initiative at his post in the Appropriate Technology department at Appalachian State University.