U of M Student Group Honored for Wind Turbine in Nicaragua
A University of Minnesota student organization was given international recognition for a wind energy project in Nicaragua.
Innovative Engineers is a group at the U of M College of Science and Engineering.
The students’ work has been included in a guide to 100 of the top global solutions in sustainability, called Sustainia100. Fifty-six countries from six continents contributed solutions to the project.
The student organization has been using their education to power developing communities with wind energy for the past three years. This includes designing, constructing, and installing a wind turbine in the village of La Hermita in Nicaragua.
The turbine creates enough electricity so the villagers can recharge the batteries they use to power their lights at night and operate their radios, according to a statement from the university.
The villagers used to have to travel by horseback to a nearby town to recharge their batteries.