Welcome to Drumlin Co-op’s Resources Folder
Drumlin Wind Co-op was Northern Ireland’s first community owned energy co-operative and we are enthusiastic to share the reality of ordinary people owning and managing the wind turbines that provide clean green electricity from a free, readily available and sustainable source.
We hope that you will find something within this folder which is interesting and informative about local wind energy production.
If you are involved in educating children or young people, the brief notes included with the contents list below may suggest some ways in which the resources could be used to promote their awareness and understanding. Educators may choose the level at which to focus any of these resources to suit the audience.
As part of its commitment to local communities, Drumlin has provided some classroom sessions to Key Stage 2 pupils in eight schools close to our six turbines. During these, the value of renewable sources of energy and how wind turbines can make electricity were explained. A leaflet relating to this schools programme is included in the folder and we hope to respond to demand and expand our educational outreach in the future.
Look out for additional resources which will be added here. We welcome feedback and suggestions to help us improve our provision, including our website resources so please direct any comments or questions to the Chair of Drumlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.Drumlin Wind Energy leaflet A science and technology programme for Primary Schools investigating renewable energy. An outline source of information about Drumlin Co-op, wind energy and our pilot programme for schools.
2. Wind Energy Factsheet. A selection of snippets of information to stimulate thinking.
3. Practical Challenge Sheet sheet Sets a challenge to design and build a model turbine (ask us about suppliers of necessary resources).
4. Construction Presentation showing construction of a Drumlin turbine What skills and materials are needed? Careers. What problems might there be? How long would it take to plan? How much would a turbine cost?( approx £600,000 to buy install) How long would a turbine last?(design life 25 years)
5. Site location map for Drumlin Co-op’s 6 turbines Where is your nearest Drumlin turbine? Could you ask to visit? Geography opportunities! Apart from choosing a windy site – what other things would influence the choice of sites?
6. Drumlin photos of some of Drumlin’s turbines. What is your reaction? What do you like or not like about turbines? Does everyone react in the same way? Have a debate! Write a poem! Sketch a turbine! You can see here groups visiting Drumlin turbines (co-op members, site owner family, neighbours and a group of electrical engineering students).
7. Size matters montage Drumlin turbines are 250kW models. Consider the pros and cons of the different sized turbines. Which is best for the environment?
8. Windspeed and generation graph showing wind speed and electricity generation over a 24 hour period. Explore the close link (correlation) between how hard the wind blows and how much electricity is made, the units (wind speed in metres/second, electricity generation in watts, the 24 hour clock), or variation in wind speed during the period. If the wind speed is too high turbines switch off to avoid damage.
9. Ballyrobert monthly electricity generation in 2017. Note the variation and think of reasons for it. Would it be the same every year? How to make sure there is enough electricity to meet demand – problem solving opportunities – managing demand, energy storage, complementary technologies, electricity distribution networks.
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