86% of the energy produced in Iowa comes from burning coal, producing carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid, and other environmentally unfriendly by-products. Iowa, being the tenth windiest state, has the capability of producing 4.8 times its annual energy consumption through wind power. This project is to see if Mount Vernon exhibits the right conditions for a wind generator by monitoring wind speeds and direction at heights of 80 and 100 feet on a small farm about a mile north of Mount Vernon. Based on these measurements, we have calculated the amount of energy that would have been produced by two different wind generators and compared these values to the power consumption of the residence. We are also comparing our measurements to measurements taken at the Waterloo airport and Coralville Lake to give an idea as to the wind flow in the Mount Vernon area.
Tessa Parshall, ’03 Vermontville, MI
Mark Wegner, ’06 Northfield, MN
Sponsor: Kara Beauchamp