A three-man crew of licensed professionals spent most of Friday scaling up a 350 foot guyed tower on the
The wireless, solar-powered sensors, which were being attached to the tower are designed to measure wind speed, wind direction, temperature and pressure. That data then feeds back into a computer stored on-site, which will be made available to the public on a website.
The guyed tower -- which is typically used to support antennas for broadcast and telecommunications -- is located about 300 meters away from a wind turbine on Kirkwood's campus, which has its own internal data collection system.
"If the wind direction is correct, the wind going through the tower will hit the turbine, or the wake of the turbine will hit the tower," said
Though the tower is owned and operated by Kirkwood, the UI is renting space on it to use the monitoring equipment. The sensors will remain on the tower for up to four years.
The data being collected is unique because those involved will have access to both data collected by the sensors on the tower, as well as data collected within the wind turbine itself -- which is typically kept private.
The combination of those two data sets would allow researchers to assess how well the design of the turbine works, and whether it has been placed in an appropriate site. The data will be available to both undergraduate students -- who will use it for projects and assignments in classes -- and the public.
The project is part of Iowa EPSCoR -- the Experimental Program to
The wind monitoring project is part of the wind energy platform, which will conduct research with the goal of improving the reliability of wind turbines.
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