Website Changes

We’ve been working on some changes to make the CVEC website more relevant and easier to use for everyone. The blue menu items along the top of the photo display above have been reorganized to be less cluttered and more useful for quickly finding current information.

If you’re looking for something else (archival information, history, policy…), use the “Pages” menu on the left side of this page.

New prospective student?

Begin by checking the schedule of courses currently offered here…and read more about those that interest you here. Now download a registration form here…and print a copy, fill it out, and bring or mail to the address near the top of the form.

(But note: registration for Fall 2014 courses is closed.  Winter 2015 information will appear soon.)

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Our Fall Term, 2014, is under way!

That’s right,  our fall term began on Sept. 9 with 11 courses and another robust registration.  You might enjoy this snapshot of just one of these courses,  “Seeing Energy as a Kaleidoscope of Alternatives,”  taught by Richard Schulte. As with many of our courses,  it included time away from our traditional classrooms,  and we carpooled to Faribault on Oct. 14 and had an excellent tour of the Faribault Energy Park.

Aerial view of the attractive Faribault Energy Park

Aerial view of the attractive Faribault Energy Park

The Faribault Energy Park is located west of the city,  and is described as a dual cycle, gas-fired electricity generating station.   This means that uses clean-burning natural gas is used to  drive a turbine similar to one in a jet airliner.    That turbine drives the first generator.   The excess heat from the first turbine is captured and converted to steam,  which drives a second turbine and a second generator.    The combined electrical power can peak at 265 megawatts,  enough to power 265,000 homes in our region.   This plant is considered a model of green engineering,  and emits 97% less noxious materials than a coal-fired plant.

We were hosted by the plant manager, Bob Birchfield,  who got his start in the energy field on a nuclear submarine.

We were hosted by the plant manager, Bob Birchfield, who got his start in the energy field on a nuclear submarine.

View of the steam turbine

View of the steam turbine

View of the control room

View of the control room

   You can have your own video visit to this remarkable plant by copying and pasting this You Tube link into your browser:

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2S1ItTwSrw&feature=youtu.be

Ed Lufkin, Oct. 14, 2014