Great River School InvenTeam

St. Paul, MN
Aerial, wind-sensing device that determines optimal locations for wind turbines

• The invention predicts three key pieces of information: the best location for a wind turbine, the necessary height for the turbine, and the approximate wind power the turbine can produce.
• It calculates wind conditions through the use an anemometer suspended between the tethers of a large helium balloon. As the anemometer spins, it sends a pulse down a wire that’s connected to a computer, which performs the calculations.
• The students’ goal is to make wind energy accessible to a larger demographic.
• In addition to testing the prototype on farms, the InvenTeam hopes to make the device wireless.