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The 1.5 MW GE wind turbine at Mesalands Community College's North American Wind Research and Training Center is totally assembled, and has been commissioned and is generating electricity.

Dedicated to training prospective technicians in wind energy, the turbine serves primarily as a facility where students will be able to do hands-on training and observe the electrical, hydraulic, electronic and mechanical systems of a turbine tower.

"Although the turbine will be generating electricity most of the time, we will stop it if we must to teach a concept or technique that is important for the students to learn," says Mesalands' wind energy technology instructor, Tracy Rascoe. "This turbine's primary mission is to help educate the world's future wind energy technicians."

SOURCE: Mesalands Community College

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