A (Little) Windy City
MU installs wind turbine to further Climate Action Plan.
MU’s Climate Action Plan calls for campus greenhouse gas emissions to be cut 45 percent from 2008 levels by 2017. In fall 2012, Mizzou installed a wind turbine on the corner of Stadium Boulevard and Champions Drive to help meet that goal.
Mounted on a 98-foot pole, the turbine has three 16-foot-long blades that generate power once the wind reaches 5 mph. The turbine is connected to MU’s electric distribution system and has generated 3,541 kilowatt-hours since installation.
But it’s primarily a teaching tool, says Curtis Flatt, manager of utilities distribution for Campus Facilities Energy Management. GlenMartin, a local company owned by Chris Martin, BS ME ’98, designed the turbine so the pole tilts down for up-close views. Bill Allen, assistant professor of science journalism, plans to integrate a site visit into his Covering Energy and Climate Change course.
“To explain to the public in your stories how something works and how it’s involved in certain issues, there is no substitute for going to the site and talking to people who know about what’s there,” Allen says.