Episode 148: How Do You Get Energy from the Wind?

Neil Milani, wind engineer

Neil Milani is currently a senior application engineer for Bachmann electronic and lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, 2 kids and Bongo their pet sugar glider. He has a B.S. in both Physics and Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering along with 30 years of experience working in automotive, telecom and renewable energy systems. Neil’s focus has been working on wind turbine control systems for the past 15 years and enjoys a variety of diverse projects and associated field work.

When not climbing wind turbines, Neil enjoys nearly all of the terrestrial and aquatic options offered by the great outdoors. When not outside, he can be found building contraptions in his home workshop out of wood and metal.”


** Please note that early in the 12 minute mark, the guest incorrectly states that the largest wind turbines have an 850′ tower but what he meant  to say was that the height is 850′ from base to tallest point of blade  ***



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Challenge: Look up how your house is powered and find out what type it is. Maybe even follow it back to the source to discover where it came from. 

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Geoengineering Earth's Climate book by Jennifer Swanson

Highlighted book for this episode! 

Geoengineering Earth’s Climate: Resetting the Thermostat by Jennifer Swanson

Green Earth Book Award Winner!

“[A] good starting place for teen readers and researchers on a critical issue.”―Kirkus Reviews






Book List!

The Power of the Wind Harvested – Understanding Wind Power for Kids Children’s Electricity Books by Baby Professor

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Picture Book Edition by William Kamkwamba (Author), Bryan Mealer (Author), Elizabeth Zunon (Illustrator)

Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future With 20 Projects by Joshua Sneideman (Author), Erin Twamley (Author), Heather Jane Brinesh (Illustrator)

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