The Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) at JMU provides the primary resource in Virginia for training developers and installers of small wind power projects and other from other trades who support such efforts. The SWTTF was officially opened during the 2012 Wind Symposium hosted at JMU. A 7.5-kW Bergey XL-R topped on a 120-foot lattice tower was installed in April 2012 prior to the official opening ceremony of the facility.
A curriculum package is currently under development in conjunction with SED, Inc. of Rochester, NY and will offer the following modules;
The SWTTF is a unique and independent testing center in Virginia – the closest facility for small wind testing is located at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The SWTTF will be very useful in characterizing and field-testing new technologies, attracting small wind manufacturing to Virginia, and providing students and the established and developing installer base the opportunity to learn the required skills for the testing of wind power technologies.
If you are interested in working with our facility to test your turbine/equipment, contact us.
Interior and exterior lighting is high efficiency LED. The excess electricity generated by the renewable energy systems feeds into a battery bank system which is used when these systems are not generating enough electricity to power the facility. If the battery banks are full, excess electricity is rerouted to JMU. The renewable energy systems can operate in either grid-tied or stand-alone manner.
A Weatherbug Professional System has also been installed at the SWTTF facility. You can view data, forecasts and a live camera feed on our Weatherbug Page.
The SWTTF is equipped with robust suite of measuring and monitoring equipment, including the Weatherbug station mentioned above. The wind turbine tower itself has a total of six anemometers, four wind vanes and two 3-D sonic sensors attached on booms at 10-, 20- and 30- meters height. In addition, more data is recorded from the Outback Power Invertor and the Honeywell Interconnection system. The following data is currently being measured at the facility:
A website to make this data public access is planned and will be developed at a later date. Updates will be made available on the News page or on this page.
We offer tours of the SWTTF! If you or your organization is interesting in coming out and learning more, please contact us.