ALNESS pupils who won a major prize for their wind turbine design have been getting a close-up view of similar life-size models at work near their school.
The youngsters, from Alness Academy, were among a group from the school invited to see RWE npower Renewables’ recently operational Novar 2 Wind Farm generating power on a site near the town.
Earlier this year, a team of six S3 pupils at Alness received backing from the windfarm trust fund to take part in the finals of the Big Bang National Science and Engineering Competition in London.
Rachel McRae, Emelia Stewart, Corrin Blake, Abbie Mowat, Josie Tolliday and Sophie McChristie from the Alness Geoscience Club got top marks, scooping the UK Best Engineering Project 2013, after building their own unique wind turbine.
They were also joined by pupils of Obsdale Primary School, Alness, on the windfarm outing.
Liana Ballingall, Alness Academy head of science, said: “My students were especially excited by the windfarm visit as it is the first time they have actually walked among operating turbines.
“They had a lively and interactive discussion with the windfarm ops team as to how these turbines generate electricity and send it to the National Grid, which all made for an interesting and practical afternoon.”
Kyle Liptrot, RWE npower renewables’ operations engineer, said: “We were delighted to host the two schools today, including the award-winning Alness Geoscience Club.
“The aim of these windfarm visits is to increase pupils’ understanding as to how a turbine operates in situ and to demonstrate how it produces clean electricity by harnessing the power of the wind.
“For me, it was fascinating to hear how Alness Geoscience Club went about building its own model turbine. I wish the school every success in the 2014 competition.”
The event was held in the run-up to Global Wind Day, a worldwide event held on June 15 celebrating the wind, its power and how it can be used as clean energy.