Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm celebrates power of wind

2017-06-22 06:01
Learners putting their creativeskills to the test are Bradley Stefaans, Yathandawa Numa, Liyabona Kona, Tristan Erasmus, Rozamian Walters, Jonathan Let, Katie Kleinbooi, Shakira Goeda, Mariska Windvoël, Queron Brink, Shaun Lewis, Candis Rosseau and Joszelle Baard.              Photo:SUPPLIED

Learners putting their creativeskills to the test are Bradley Stefaans, Yathandawa Numa, Liyabona Kona, Tristan Erasmus, Rozamian Walters, Jonathan Let, Katie Kleinbooi, Shakira Goeda, Mariska Windvoël, Queron Brink, Shaun Lewis, Candis Rosseau and Joszelle Baard. Photo:SUPPLIED

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WIND inspired projects can land learners big prizes.

In celebration of Global Wind Day on June 15, the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm embarked on a windy project where Grade 1 to 3 learners from 12 schools across the Kouga stand the chance to win books, equipment and science equipment through their creative art and writing. In addition, the overall Grade 3 winners will have the opportunity to visit the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

Themed The Wind, the project teaches learners more about renewable energy and how clean energy is harvested from wind.

The twelve participating schools form part of the Literacy Programme that is run in partnership with the Department of Education and ITEC, and is supported by the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm.

The schools are Chigwell Primary School, Gamtoosvallei Primary School, Graslaagte Primary School, Kruisfontein Primary School, Pellsrus Primary School, Hankey Primary School, Patensie Primary School, Quagga Primary School, St Patricks EC Primary School, Vukani Primary School, Weston Primary School and Sea Vista Primary School.

Free wind ; electricity

  • If the wind blows sufficiently, then wind energy is converted to mechanical energy through the turning turbine blades.
  • The turbine blades transfer this mechanical energy via the shaft and gearbox (the large box on top) to the electrical generator that turns the mechanical energy into electrical energy.
  • This electrical energy is then made grid compatible.
  • The grid compatible energy is fed from the wind turbines via a network of underground cables across the wind farm to the project substation. The substation forms the connection point between our “local” wind farm grid and Eskom’s national grid.
  • Eskom’s grid then “supplies” this energy to the consumers.

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