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
Winters are wonderful at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.
Forest Camp at Beaver Ponds - March Friday Sessions
March 1, 8, 15, 22 - 9am to 1pm
COST: $150 per child for all 4 Fridays
A nature immersion camp awakening a sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world.
Forest exploration followed by lunch and nature-inspired art.
For more information, contact Briana Legaspi at email@example.com or call (719) 838-0143,
visit our website here or CLICK HERE to download a printable PDF with all the information you'll need!
SnowSchool at Beaver Ponds
March 16, 2019 - 9:30am to NOON
Class Theme: Winter Survival
COST: $35 per child AGES 8-12
A magical morning of snow science and games while enjoying a snowshoe hike!
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2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
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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