Dominion Foundation Grants Enhanced New Engineering Course at TNCC

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Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) students enrolled in “Topics in Energy Technology: Wind Turbine Blade Development and Testing,” completed several groundbreaking studies during the spring semester. Funded by a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the new elective course explores wind turbine technology and design. TNCC was one of four Virginia colleges to receive funding from the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources to support programs in skilled craft, engineering, environmental and technical studies, business, and student-led conservation programs.

TNCC received an additional $2,500 from the organization in February to purchase a Skystream 3.7 Marine Cutaway wind turbine demonstrator. “The new equipment provided students with a life-sized replica of a real-world turbine blade system including all of the inner workings of the motor housing and its electrical connections,” said Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology Michael Uenking. The replica gave students a basis for developing their own design of a wind turbine and helped reinforce what was taught during the course.