Nevada Students study Renewable Energy

Staff Writer
Nevada Journal
Nevada Students study Renewable Energy

Students in Kevin Cooper’s natural resources class have been studying the varying forms of renewable energy, including photovoltaic, wind turbines, geothermal, advance biofuels and tidal energy. Students constructed basic generators using magnets and coils of copper wire, and measured output using multimeters and small DC bulbs. Students also designed and built small wind turbines with a pulley to lift a cup with a varying amount of metal washers for load. Finally, a field trip to the John and Nancy Clough farm southwest of Nevada allowed the class to discover “working” PV panels and small wind turbines. “The photovoltaic panels are doing quite well and providing a good return” says John Clough.