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Going with the wind: Students certified to facilitate research at top of wind turbine

Going with the wind:  Students certified to facilitate research at top of wind turbine

Graduate students DeAnna Sewell and Blaise Sheridan have taken the idea of “hands-on learning” to a whole new level. Literally. The pair earned certification to climb the University of Delaware’s 2-megawatt wind turbine and recently completed their first ascent to the top of the 256-foot-tall machine.

After climbing the ladder that scales the tower’s interior, a process that took about an hour, they poked their heads out the top of the nacelle, which houses the turbine’s mechanical and electrical components. Stretching out below them was UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus, a wide swath of brown marsh, and miles of Delaware Bay obscured by the clouds of an early spring day.

"I’m not really afraid of heights," Sheridan said. "But you certainly found that out when you were sitting on top of the nacelle." (full article)