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Students to Measure Wind Speed at ONU

Jun 23, 2008

The Ohio Northern wind turbine research team installed wind data collection instruments on ONU's radio tower on June 23, 2008.

The devices will measure wind speed and direction for the next year. The collected data will be used to determine if it is economically viable for the University to use wind power to supplement its energy usage.

The team decided that wind speeds and direction would be measured at the estimated height of wind turbines before plans were made for a possible wind farm in Ada. The instruments will collect data at 60, 70 and 80 meters on the tower. The University helped fund the purchase and installation of the equipment.

ONU students formed the wind turbine research team in 2007 to explore wind power options in northern Ohio. The team members are Amy Friedlein, a senior mechanical engineering major from Lansing, Mich.; Paul Lewis, a senior civil engineering major from Medina, Ohio; Collin Morelock, a sophomore finance major from Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Matthew Pierce, a junior civil engineering major from Grove City, Ohio.