Sustainable Energy

WIND

WIND TURBINE

Wind turbines convert the kinetic energy of wind into mechanical energy when the turbine blades are moved by the wind, which then turns the shaft of a generator to create electricity. The higher the wind speeds, the more power turbines can produce. Taller towers and blades capable of sweeping large circles help capture high wind speeds.

Beaver Ponds EEC uses a Bergey Excel 10 three-blade wind turbine, which has a rotor diameter of 23 feet and sits atop a 73-foot tall tower. With 25 mph winds, the Excel 10 will produce 8.9 kW, but it is capable of producing electricity in wind speeds as low as 5 mph. Due to the lack of sustainable winds and its physical location, the Beaver Ponds EEC wind turbine seldom experiences optimal conditions for sustained energy generation, but it is still valuable as a educational tool about the mechanics of wind turbines and wind power.

There are about 155,000 small wind generators installed in U.S. Wind generates about 2,332 megawatts installed wind capacity in Colorado, including commercial wind farms.

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds this summer.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Join the Pika Patrol
Saturday, August 11 8am - 1pm
Contact Krissy Barrett for more information at (719) 838-0143
Click HERE for more information!

Mountain Top Children's Museum
August 14, 12pm - 3pm
Contact Tiernan Spencer for more information at (970) 453-7878

Frisco Free Family Fun Fair - Frisco, CO
August 18, 9am - 4pm
Contact Amity Vargas for more information at (719) 209-5813

Fiber Workshop Series - Picture Frame Weaving
August 23, 12pm - 2pm
Contact Krissy Barrett for more information at (719) 838-0143
Want to learn more? Click here.

Native Plant Imprints
August 25, 9am - 1pm
Contact Krissy Barrett for more information at (719) 838-0143
CLICK HERE for more information.

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PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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Beaver Ponds Environmental Education Center (BPEEC) helps people of all ages experientially learn about domestic livestock, horticulture, green energy generation and environmental conservation in a high-alpine, natural setting at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay, Colorado.

 

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