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Wind Turbine Technology students put their skills to the test

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Here they are taking the turbine off the back of the truck that brought it from Summerside.



Andrew Dibling, the Learning Manager for the Wind Turbine Technology program, invited me to go on site when he and his students reinstalled a wind turbine in Brackley recently. The wind turbine has been a landmark on the Brackley Point Road for more than 15 years, so its absence over the past few months had been noticed by residents of the area. It was erected as part of the project to build an energy-efficient model home, but had not been serviced for many years. 

Last March, Andrew and his students removed the turbine at the request of the property’s new owners, who were very excited at the prospect of getting the machine up and running again. 

Setting it on a stand in the field so that they can put the blades back on.


“Some of the parts on the turbine were so old that they are no longer being manufactured,” Andrew told me. “We had to get some pieces custom-made.” 

The students in last year’s class worked on the turbine over the final weeks of their program, with this year’s students taking over in September. 

It was no small feat to get the turbine off its tower, and equally as challenging to put it back up. A crane must be used to hoist the turbine to the top of the 80-foot tower, where two technicians guide it onto its base and bolt it down. The height is dizzying, and with wind chill factors driving the temperature down, the consequent bundling up against the cold didn’t make things any easier. 

The turbine had been taken to the Wind Turbine Technology program’s location in Slemon Park, Summerside, for the maintenance, so the blades had been removed. Once the machine arrived back to Brackley, new blades were fitted onto it before the crane could raise it to the top of the tower. 

The procedure took several hours, but provided students from the program with an exceptional opportunity to experience what it’s like out in the field (literally, in this case). 



Attaching the third blade to the turbine before hoisting it to the top of the tower.


Here you can see the turbine being lifted to the top of the 80-foot tower.


The guys put on their harnesses before climbing to the top...don't try this at home, folks!


Almost there now...don't look down!


Now the easy part - bolting the machine in place 80-feet in the air in sub-zero temperatures.



Written by Sara Underwood

February 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

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  1. good article. I personally think that in order to lsave on energy one must move to renewable energy

    Miriam Jones

    February 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

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