I just looked around the UMPI website and almost 11 months after the commissioning of the $2 million project I still am not able to see the type of basic performance data one would expect accompanying such a large investment.
You can read about the commissioning in the 5/15/09 Bangor Daily News at http://www.bangordailynews.com/detail/106065.html
At the time, and continuing right up through today, UMPI stated that the turbine would produce 1 million KWH per year: “We are the first university in the state to install a mid-size wind turbine on campus. This $2 million project, installing a 600 kW wind turbine, is expected to produce 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, create more than $100,000 in annual energy savings and keep an estimated 572 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year.” From: http://www.umpi.edu/wind
Also, at the time, and continuing right up through today, UMPI stated that it would share all it has learned including how much electricity has actually been generated: “University officials have promised to be very public about the project, sharing everything they have learned as part of this pioneering venture with others who may want to use this technology.
Part of the University's reason for serving a leadership role in this realm is to fill the classic public university role of being the bold experimenter for projects that can help its community benefit from new knowledge. For this project, that includes providing information about everything from conducting initial wind measurement surveys and feasibility studies to completing contract negotiations and permitting processes to overseeing turbine installation and actual energy generation”. http://www.umpi.edu/wind/project/experiences
I am hoping for a downloadable csv or Excel file that would include basic measures by minute such as wind speed at different heights, turbine status (turning, broken, etc.?), RPM's, electricity, etc. There are about 526,000 minutes in a year, so that number of records fits easily within a csv or Excel 2007 file.
As can be seen below, (or go to http://www.umpi.edu/wind/live and click on "Live Turbine Data") for the first time there are SOME data, but hopefully UMPI will publish the data in a traditional csv or Excel format that would allow data analysis so we could learn from the experience.
It would also be valuable to see all maintenance and other costs related to the project to date.
Finally, the following live data capture provided currently on the site does not include date and time. It should.