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Blowin’ in the Wind? A Wind Energy Systems Overview

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Featured Speaker: David Peters, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering, Department of Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

If American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan had written his 1960s anti-war anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind” today, he might have written the iconic lyrics to ask if the answer to our energy woes might be “blowin’ in the wind.” From the simple Buddhist prayer wheels of the fifth century C.E. down to 7 Megawatt machines now operating in Europe, Washington University Engineering Professor, Dr. David Peters follows the history of the development of wind turbines and introduces the subject of wind energy systems in the context of their use as a national renewable energy source. He looks at world energy needs, various alternative energy sources, and the role that wind energy could play towards a sustainable energy program. He covers the taxonomy of wind turbines, the various component parts, and how energy is actually extracted from the air, and discusses environmental concerns associated with wind energy in this fascinating look at the growing use of and burgeoning interest in wind as a viable source of alternative renewable energy.

Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend these no-cost lectures on topical issues in science. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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