Wind Energy in Southeastern Idaho
Dr. Stephen B Turcotte
Brigham Young University Idaho
In the Snake River Valley of Idaho, wind speed data from over forty anemometers
is made available on the web. This data has been used by wind power developers
and has led to recent construction of wind farms in the area. This presentation
will focus on the use of the wind speed data for educational purposes. The
data can be used to illustrate a wide variety of physics principles. The
raw data can be used to discuss distributions, turbulence, and wind shear.
Studying the interaction of the wind with a turbine leads to a discussion
of Faraday's Law, the dependence of power on wind velocity, conservation
of energy, and the relationship of power and energy.