Loyola University Chicago

Department of Physics

Where We Are Going

We hope to answer a simple question. Is wind energy a feasible goal for Loyola’s lakeshore campus? This question has now piqued the curiosity of three generations of students and inspired the establishment of this group. As with anything worth doing, REAL is just as much about process as it is about celebrating the results. The idea of wind turbines on our campus is alluring, but as we become more in-tune with the fact that wind studies require years of data, our methods have become decidedly process oriented. As we go forward, we hope to establish a taller data collection station atop Santa Clara Hall, live reporting of wind speed and direction on our website, and full featured data collection stations on other campus structures.

 

Data Showcase

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A wind speed frequency distribution plot from Santa Clara Hall that shows wind speeds are most frequent between 3-7 m/s.