A 230-foot wind turbine has powered its way to center stage at the new Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris. Completed the last week in February, the turbine is a key step in integrating renewable energy into Minnesota's rural economy and strengthening renewable energy research and education in the state. It will be commissioned in a ceremony on Earth Day -- April 22 -- which also marks the 35th anniversary of the annual observance.

The turbine is the only large-scale wind research instrument at a public university and provides the foundation for an innovative wind-to-hydrogen project. It will supply 5.6 million kilowatt-hours (kWhr) of power each year to the nearby University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) campus, supplying over half its annual electricity use. The turbine's commissioning will cap a week of activities at UMM and the WCROC with themes centering on renewable energy and the environment.

Source: University Release