Faculty Advisor

Emanuel, Alexander E.


In the next few years, the rising cost of electrical energy will force Holy Name Central Catholic Jr./Sr. High School to make some difficult financial decisions that will affect the future of the institution. From August 2004 to August 2005, the school spent $127,000 on electric energy, most of which was used to heat the building via a base-board electric heating system. This constitutes a sizable portion of the school's annual budget and as the price per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity increases, it will translate into thousands of additional dollars spent on heating the building each year. To avoid this predicament, Holy Name has decided to investigate the on-site generation of electricity via wind power. The installation of a wind turbine on their property would dramatically reduce the annual cost of heating their buildings with electricity. The savings would enable the school to improve the education offered to its students in several ways, including more academic opportunities and the latest technology. If the school is unable to secure the installation [of] a wind turbine, Holy Name will be forced [to] cut extracurricular and academic programs in order to cover their heating costs. Therefore, it is the objective of this IQP to help facilitate the eventual construction of a wind turbine at Holy Name High School. A feasibility study based upon the economic and social issues surrounding such a project will be presented, as well as documentation of the additional steps taken by the group regarding conferences, meetings and presentations to help secure a wind turbine for Holy Name.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted



President's IQP Award, Winner

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering