Wind Turbines

Published by the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP) the wind turbine project resources comprise:

* Building a small-scale wind turbine project using resistant materials (engineering drawings, jigs, fixtures and supporting images)
* Looking at environmental issues (industrial case studies)
* Additional suppport and information about wind turbines, including classroom investigations

Designing efficient wind turbines often involves effects that can seem counterintuitive. Understanding how a wind turbine works involves students in using some challenging concepts, such as energy and power, the conservation of energy and the efficiency of energy transfers.

The materials in this section allow students to tackle problems in the design, making and industrial use of wind turbines. This helps them to gain a greater understanding of this important renewable energy source.

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Wind Power

This booklet is part of the ‘Innovations in Practical Work’ series published by the Gatsby Science Enhancement Programme (SEP). One of the most important questions facing us all is how we will use the planet’s energy resources over the coming decades. Many people believe that wind power can make a vital contribution....
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2000 - 2009

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Wind Turbine Project: Working Drawings

Produced by the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP) these are the working drawings for producing a working wind turbine in the workshop. The turbine consists of six 130mm blades arranged on a central axle and attached via plastic gears to a dc generator.A total of twelve, detailed drawings are included. These cover...
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2000 - 2009

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Wind Turbines: Industrial Manufacturing

These materials, from the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP), consist of a series of photographs that illustrate the installation of wind turbines in an offshore wind farm just off the coast of North Wales. The images can be used to illustrate a range of manufacturing and engineering processes as well as the...
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2000 - 2009

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Turbines: Environmental Issues

Produced by the Technology Enhancement Programme (TEP), this information sheet looks at how wind turbines can help to reduce emissions and ultimately tackle climate change. The first part of the sheet explains the greenhouse effect and then goes on to show how electricity generation from a variety of renewable...
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1990 - 1999

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