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Wind monitoring system installed at HLSCC

According to the experts, it is best to measure wind speed and direction before making a decision to install a wind turbine system at a designated site – hence the college’s rationale to install a 50-feet wind monitoring system at the Colonial Manor site in Paraquita Bay.

On Friday October 19, approximately 20 persons comprised of students of Renewable Energy Club (REC), the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) faculty and staff and the staff of Alternative Energy Systems (AES) installed a wind monitoring system.

Installation took an estimated two hours, but was also inclusive of an invaluable learning session on the need for alternative energy sources in the Virgin Islands and an opportunity for students to have hands-on experience in such a project.

The system consists of two wind speed monitors which records wind speed and direction at two altitudes. In essence, the system is designed to capture wind stability and total energy potential.  It also has a solar monitor which monitors sunlight.

The primary objective of this project is to provide members of the REC with the opportunity to participate in a study to determine the feasibility for a wind turbine at the site.

The system will be used to collect data for a period of one year.  Ultimately, the data collected will be sent to wind turbine manufacturers to get estimates of energy production.

Finally, club members will conduct a cost benefit analysis to include the costs to install a wind turbine at the site and the payback time for doing so.

The results of this study will then be passed on to the relevant stakeholders for a decision on whether to install a wind turbine at Colonial Manor.

This exercise is part and parcel of a pilot course in renewable energy where, amongst other things, members of the REC gain practical experience through hands-on projects.

The one-credit course comprising of 15 contact hours also incorporates: guest lectures and going green webinars, explores various jobs, career and business opportunities in the field and includes field trips to Peter and Copper Island.

President of the College Dr. Karl Dawson, who was also on site to assist with the installation of the system, said he was pleased with the student’s interest and involvement with the project and he looks forward to the fruits of their labour and seeing how the College benefits from the initiative.

He also expressed his gratitude to our renewable energy partners at Alternative Energy Systems for providing the system and for their time and expertise.



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