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Wind Energy Basics

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Education

Video introduces wind energy research at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and provides an overview of the NREL Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado.

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Teaching Tips

  • A professionally-produced overview of wind energy and related research at the NREL National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado.
  • Link for video includes a printable transcript of the video for students to follow.
  • Students could create a flow chart that illustrates how wind energy is converted into useable energy.
  • Suggested that teachers discuss local and regional wind patterns, why wind generators are located where they are.

About the Science

  • Presents the science, technological challenges, and the social and funding issues involved with developing wind technology.
  • Includes some basics on wind energy, wind dynamics, and how wind turbines work.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • Thorough and concise presentation of wind energy technology development.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Video produced and developed by the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, Colorado, which is one of only four national renewable energy laboratories in the world.

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