Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Student-Made Windmill Blade Outdoes Manufacturer

Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switch Blade Competition on Thursday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior systems engineer Bill Pannell, from the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

Students from Alabama A&M University, Columbia High School, Hartselle High School and the University of Alabama in Huntsville received a $500 stipend to fund their project.

The Switch Blade Competition is a great example of how we’re trying to make the quest to 100 percent clean energy in Huntsville fun,” said Daniel Tait, chief executive officer, Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy. “Students get to engage with some of the toughest problems we need to address as a community while gaining hands-on experience with real equipment being used by the U.S. Army.

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Congratulations to the UAH Green Wind Power Available at Low Speed, or GWPALS, team! They were the winners of this first inaugural Switch Blade contest.

Student-Designed Windmill Blade Outperforms Manufacturer

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Apr. 23, 2015) — Students throughout northern Alabama competed in the inaugural Switchblade Competition April 23 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Each team was required to redesign the blades of a windmill to adjust to the low power wind conditions of Alabama. Senior Systems Engineer Bill Pannell, from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, came up with the idea while experimenting with a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan.

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Wind Power Competition Draws Student Teams

When Bill Pannell was considering how to redesign a windmill used for military operations in Afghanistan, he never thought his idea would start a statewide competition among high school and collegiate students.

Pannell oversees the energy lab at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center within the System Simulation and Development Directorate.

“I have a small Army windmill that puts out about 300 watts of electricity in high winds, but not much in low winds. So, the idea is to have students design and build better windmill blades, to create more electricity in low winds,” he said. “I call it Switch Blade because the students will switch out the Army windmill blades with their blades, then compete in a wind tunnel test. We will measure who produces the most power/energy within three minutes.”

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Let’s Push TVA for a Sustainable Energy Plan for the Future: guest opinion

Let’s Push TVA for a Sustainable Energy Plan for the Future: guest opinion

Our CEO, Daniel Tate, shared a guest opinion on AL.com, encouraging the TVA to follow through on their Integrated Resource Plan.

A few days ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released its draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). This plan takes a long-term look at ways that TVA can and should meet future demand for electricity in new and innovative ways. Think of it as TVA’s roadmap into the future. It details everything from external factors beyond its control, such as the state of the economy, to factors within its control, such as how it procures electricity. In other words, this is your energy future, and TVA needs your input ─ now.

The future of energy is already here and we must take this opportunity to press for continued, indeed accelerated growth in clean, sustainable energy. In fact, there are more than 150 businesses in the Huntsville area working in energy and creating well-paying, local jobs. Huntsville’s rich high-tech history lends itself well to take full advantage of the revolution in the energy market and to help diversify our economy.

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Hartselle High School Engineering to Compete in Switchblade

Hartselle High School Engineering to Compete in Switchblade

A group of nine Hartselle High School engineering students will be competing against four other teams April 22 in the Switchblade Competition at the University of Alabama in Huntsville Shelby Center.

Team BladeRunners is redesigning and manufacturing the blades of a wind power system originally used for military operations in Afghanistan. The winning team will be the one with the most efficient blades tested in Alabama wind conditions. The contest is sponsored by the Alabama Center for Sustainable Energy, Avion Solutions, UAH and U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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