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University of Iowa News Release


July 2, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: UI wind turbine installation scheduled for July 6

EDITORS AND NEWS DIRECTORS: The information below describes the installation of a wind turbine on the University of Iowa campus.

WHAT: The UI is scheduled to install a 2.4 kW wind turbine at the south end of Madison Street in Iowa City from 10 a.m. until noon, Tuesday, July 6, weather permitting.

WHY: Rising some 37 feet into the air, the wind turbine will be used as a teaching device by Pablo Carrica, associate professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. UI Facilities Management will also connect the turbine to the existing power panel in the Madison Street Services Building (MSSB) and use the power it generates on campus.

The wind turbine is part of the UI's evolving "green energy discovery district," roughly bounded by MSSB, the University Services Building and the UI Power Plant. The area engages several green energy technologies that include the new Energy Control Center on the third floor of the University Services Building, a solar E-car charging station to be constructed near MSSB, two types of photovoltaic/solar panel technologies on and adjacent to the new Cambus Maintenance facility, expansion of the biomass energy program at the UI Power Plant, a growing alternative fuel vehicle fleet, and the investigation into the revitalization of hydroelectric power. Several of these projects are the outcome of collaborative efforts between Facilities Management and the College of Engineering.

The wind turbine and its instrumentation were purchased with a $39,778 grant made to Carrica from the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND).

WHERE: South end of Madison Street, in front of the University of Iowa's Madison Street Services Building, intersection of Madison and Prentiss street, Iowa City.

WHO: Wendy Moorehead of UI Facilities Management and Pablo Carrica of the College of Engineering will be available to share information about the installation and intended uses of the wind turbine.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Gary Galluzzo, University News Services, 319-384-0009,; Liz Christiansen, director, UI Office of Sustainability, 319-335-5516,; Pablo Carrica, associate professor, Department of Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, 319-341-6250,