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Students and future engineers from Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch have been supported by the world’s largest independent renewables company to help perfect the design of new wind turbine prototypes.
Engineers from RES lent their expertise and guidance to Year 13 students who were tasked with designing and manufacturing turbines out of recyclable materials. As part of the project, the students had to develop initial prototype designs, then engage with industry experts to improve the dynamics and functionality of their prototypes to produce a further five turbines.
The visit from Andy Chinery, asset manager at RES, is the result of a long-established relationship between the Academy and RES-built and operated Turncole Wind Farm. The visit allowed Andy to guide and support the students to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of wind turbine development and achieve the best possible results in their Design and Manufacture course.
Andy said: “RES has over 35 years expertise in the industry so I was very happy to be able to meet and support the next generation of engineers. It has been great to see the students’ innovative wind turbines designs using recycled materials and we look forward to seeing their finished results.”
Kevin Rumary, head of design and technology at Ormiston Rivers Academy, said: “RES provided valuable insight to our Year 13 engineering students who were tasked with designing and building budget wind generators from standard building materials, but who had been struggling with blade design. Andy evaluated the design of the turbines and advised the students on wing length, stability and profile so they can now improve their designs and complete their engineering coursework in greater depth.”
RES is the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in onshore and offshore wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution. Turncole Wind Farm became fully operational in 2017, and with seven turbines is capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to power more than 14,000 homes.