January 11, 2012

Waterloo Technical Society

Cedar Falls Clarion Inn

Topic: Design of Experimental Small Wind Turbines

Speaker: Mr. Steve Lang

Topic Summary

Steve will discuss his experiences designing small wind turbines (less than 6 ft. dia. turbine) for heating water. He currently has four experimental small wind turbines operating and will describe their construction and performance including “lessons learned”. Steve has experimented with both wind and solar energy for home use and will briefly compare the two.

Speaker Background

Mr. Lang is a Senior Systems Engineer working for the John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group. He works at the Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa. He has worked at John Deere for 32 years, the last 11 on the JDLink telematics product. Prior to that, Steve designed tractor dashboard instruments for John Deere. Steve holds a BSEE from University of Wisconsin and an MBA from UNI.

Program Chair: Gary Dorhout

Time: 6:00-6:30pm Social

6:30-7:15 Dinner

7:15-8:15 Presentation

Location: Cedar Falls Clarion Inn, Cedar Falls, Iowa

Price for meal: $14.00 per person (includes tax, tip & room rent)

Time: Social period: 6:00 P.M. Dinner: 6:30 P.M. at River City Bistro Restaurant, Cedar Falls Holiday Inn, (Clarion Inn) 5826 University Ave., Cedar Falls 50613.

Dinner Reservations: Please contact Gary Dorhout via E-mail at DorhoutGaryL@JohnDeere.com or by phone at 319-292-8178 by 4:00 PM Monday 9 Jan 2012. Leave name and message on answering machine. Guests are welcome, please be sure to make a reservation.

Dues: Dues of $10.00 may be sent to the Treasurer, Kenneth Friend, 1112 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613-2430 (ph 319-277-2312) or paid at the meeting. E-mail FriendKennethD@JohnDeere.com