9th August, 2016
The next chapter of science and energy. Today, I went to Swaffham to aboard the unique experience for the wind turbine.
Green Britain is the operator of the wind turbine. This is a unique wind turbine which you can go up to the top and view different places for 360 degrees! I was also able to take a look at the horizon where the sky and the land come together. To go upstairs and downstairs, I needed to walk for 610 steps. The wind turbine's blade was made by a special type of metal which is strong but light. The inside of the wind turbine's tower can make a very great echo if I shout. It feels like the Golden Hall in Vienna which got great echo.
There was a class about how the wind turbine works and is operated. There was a wind turbine experiment about the difference of different amount of blades on a wind turbine. My group tested a wind turbine which was two-bladed. We thought the two-bladed wind turbine couldn't be as strong as the three-bladed wind turbine. But it turned out they were almost the same but the two-bladed was more efficient. I also knew about some weird wind turbines like one or zero blade which would be installed very high in the sky to get strong wind. Saphon energy company invented a blade-free wind turbine which looked like an oval shape. It is quieter, more efficient and lower cost. I had never thought of such a big improvement in technology!
Practise makes perfect! Although I missed the debating competition, Gabriel, Jose and I made improvement in crossing passaging through the song!
It was a great day for my I interest because I love science! Today's learning was so unique!
Today we got to Swaffham to see the wind turbine. It was so massive! The guide said that it weighed 200 tons and it creates 1.5 megawatts per hour!
After the forever climbing up the spiral staircase, we finally reached the top. The view was so awesome! We could see different places in the town. When the mighty blades were moving, the whole viewing area was shaking! So scary! Through a little hole, I could see the whole way down! But the whole thing was so cool!
In the Green Britain Centre, I found out that renewable energy is really important to save the global warming. There was "The Nemesis" which was an eco-friendly sport car that could go up to 151 miles per hour.
Today, we don't need to have lessons again! However we still learnt something - we knew more about sustainable energy in the Swaffham Wind Turbine.
I think the most exciting part of the morning there was getting up to the wind turbine. There were 305 steps and no lift. Our legs and knees were exhausted and sore when we were only halfway through!
However, the view at the top was magnificent. We could see the top of a cathedral over 30 miles away! Also, when the turbine was turning, we could feel the tower shaking. The guide told us that the strongest sway could be a meter!
Except getting onto the turbine, we also learnt a lot, like electric cars, making our own turbines...But I am sure that going to London tomorrow will be the most exciting day!