Always nice to get some PR!
Although updates on our Clarkson turbine install have dropped off (my fault due to a broken arm incident…) work has been progressing steadily. It is an enjoyable experience getting the campus students involved. They are developing a web-based interface for the unit that collects data and displays it in an interactive real-time touch screen display as well as storing all the data in a database for later analysis. A example of one of the proposed interfaces is shown below, complete with a video feed of the turbine. They hope to go live in a couple months, so stay tuned!
We have been fine tuning our techniques with the Clarkson facilities group in raising and lowering the turbine. The unit is anchored to the bearing wall of the TAC building at Clarkson and as we wait on the official sign-off from the NY PE, it gives us an opportunity to set the guy wire lengths and optimize the procedures.
The DTI 3.0 install at Clarkson University will be on the roof of the Technology Advancement Center. A specially designed pad and guy wire arrangement was constructed to secure the turbine. The turbine will have a clear access to prevailing winds from the WSW and as both a research and teaching tool, the Clarkson DTI 3.0 wind turbine will serve a variety of needs for years to come.
Progress continues to be made by VISTEX on the blade molding tool. Pictured is part of the compression mold used for the composite blade fabrication. Looking forward to the first blade set using this process!