Energy Academy Students Study Region for Wind Power
Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011 [10:29 AM]
National Energy Education Development Director of
Career and Technology Education Doug Keaton of Flatwoods, Ky.,
center, and LWC Energy Technology Career Academy Director Heather
Spoon read data gathered from a wind anemometer in southwestern
Adair County. Looking on are Adair County High School students who
are members of the ETCA.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A group of Adair County High
School students recently began studying whether Southcentral
Kentucky has prospects of supplying alternative energy one day.
Students in the Energy Technology Career Academy began testing a
wind anemometer they recently installed on the property of Joy
Arnold on Weed-Sparksville Road (Kentucky Highway 768).
Nicknamed "Windy" the students will gather data from the
wind anemometer every 10-14 days to discover whether the
southwestern area of the county is a good place to harvest wind
energy. During the study, Windy will be moved to several locations
throughout the region.
The project is directed by ETCA Director Heather Spoon.
The ETCA students will also submit their data to the Center for Applied
Energy Research at the University of Kentucky. ETCA is
partnering with the UK center, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and
Independence and the National Energy Education Development in trying
to find areas in Kentucky that hold promise for wind energy.
The ETCA students are the only high school students in Kentucky
participating in the project, according to Doug Keaton, NEED
director of career and technology education.
Sponsored by Lindsey Wilson College, the ETCA is offered at
Adair and Russell county high schools as a way for students to
learn about careers in energy sources and energy
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