A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity

Wow.  I can’t believe it has been five years already.  Seems like yesterday the wind turbine was being put up.  Check out this nice story from the Providence Journal about our wind turbine.

A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity

 The Providence Journal

When the wind turbine just off Route 95 at the New England Institute of Technology automotive campus isn’t turning, it’s not for academic reasons.

The wind has to blow at least 7.8 mph for the blades to turn.

Or the wind could be blowing too hard. “When it reaches 56 mph, it brakes,” said Michael Petit, chairman of the electrical technology department, who helped develop the institute’s green technology program.

Another time the blades won’t turn is when the tower unwinds itself. The turbine, made by Northern Power Systems in Vermont, automatically turns. “It will spin and circle with the wind,” Petit said. After four or five turns, “it will stop and rotate the other way so the cable doesn’t get twisted around.”

The tower spins so slowly that “you wouldn’t notice it, driving by,” Petit said.

Students don’t usually go inside the turbine, except for a peek. And they aren’t allowed to climb the rungs inside. Anyone who climbs has to be trained by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and “it’s an expensive operation to get certified by OSHA,” said Petit, who is 60 and lives in Exeter. He hasn’t been to the top. “If there’s not an elevator, I’m not going. I’m the kind of guy, I’d get to the top and I’d forget why I’m up there.”

The turbine is run entirely by Northern Power, said Trevor Atkinson, a salesman and engineer for the company, which has its headquarters in Barre, Vt.

On its website, New England Tech has a link to an animated drawing that shows how fast the wind is blowing and whether electricity is flowing from the turbine to the automotive building, or, if the turbine isn’t moving, from the power grid to the automotive building. (See for yourself here.)

The turbine rarely makes more energy than the automotive building uses, Petit and Atkinson said.

“It’s not in a real good wind spot,” Petit said. “It’s not there to make money.”

It’s there for demonstration.

When it first went up, in August 2009, “people stopped along the highway to look at it,” Petit said. “It’s educational to the public and students.”

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The 20 Happiest Jobs For New Grads

Getting a great job is a priority for college grads but being happy in those job is just as important and landing it.

According to CareerBliss.com and the Huffington Post:

Current grads looking for work that will leave them smiling most days should find a tech-related job, new research finds. Jobs in the STEM field (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) continue to set the pace for happiness, especially those in software development, according to a new study from CareerBliss, an online career community. To help new grads determine which jobs are giving young professionals the most career-related happiness, CareerBliss analyzed more than 25,000 independent company reviews. Topping this year’s rankings of the Happiest Jobs for the Class of 2014 are java developers, which are programmers who use a specific language associated with client-server Web applications.

Following java developers on the rankings are embedded software engineers, who help program the embedded software in the electronics and other devices, and .NET developers, a programming language specific to Microsoft. As a whole, jobs in the technology sector dominated the rankings. “Technology is constantly morphing, leaving a great deal of opportunities for new and rising talent,” said Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss co-founder. CareerBliss evaluates the key factors that affect work happiness, including the person one works

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Taco-White Family Foundation Establishes Scholarship Fund at New England Tech

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East Greenwich, RI – Robert Theroux, Vice President of Finance and Business Administration at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the Taco/White Family Foundation has donated $7500 to the college to establish the Taco/White Family Foundation Scholarship for Electrical Engineering Technology.

The scholarship is designated for students enrolled in NEIT’s Bachelor of Science degree program.

“The heating-plumbing-air conditioning industry is in great need of bright, energetic newcomers to join us in delivering the best indoor air comfort technologies possible,” commented John Hazen White, Jr. President and CEO of Taco, Inc.  “Schools like New England Institute of Technology are investing in these technologies and Taco is proud to be associated with them in helping to prepare the next generation of professionals to enter the industry. This scholarship, provided by the Taco/White Family Foundation, will help one such individual to pursue course studies in electrical engineering, a career focus in high demand.”

As Theroux stated, “We are very grateful to the Taco/White Family Foundation for its generous donation. This scholarship will support the college’s mission of providing our Electrical Engineering students with the technical skills and knowledge needed in today’s competitive workplace.”

About the Taco/White Family Foundation

The generosity of the White family began in the 1990’s by John Hazen White and his wife, Happy, as they supported numerous leading educational and arts organizations.  After Mr. White’s death in 2000, Happy and their son, John Hazen White, Jr., established the John & Happy White Foundation and formalized its mission to assist community-based, non-profit organizations in RI. As the Foundation evolved, making grants to over 200 organizations, the name was changed in 2010 to the Taco/White Family Foundation. This change reflects the commitment by Taco, its employees, and the White Family in contributing to the community.

Visit www.thewhitefamilyfoundation.com