"Wind Turbine Blade Design for Arctic Region Applications" ft. Will S. Helterbran, PAWC Research Fellow

Thursday, November 4, 2021 9am to 3pm

158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont 5663

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The Arctic is critical to regional stability. All Arctic states agree that peaceful cooperation is ideal; however, the possibility of future conflict is also a reality. The Arctic now occupies a central position within Chinese and Russian foreign policy. Russia is building up its presence in the Arctic and subsequently other Arctic nations are responding by increasing their Arctic footprint and capabilities. Cooperation or conflict centers on competition over strategic resources, maritime control, and geopolitical uncertainty. The 2021 Military Writers’ Symposium will explore various dimensions of the Arctic with aims at leading toward cooperation and regional security.

Stop by and learn more about Will's microgrid project! Will be tabling in Mack Hall during the symposium. 


Will Helterbran ’22 is the 2021 Peace and War Center Research Fellow. Peace and War Center awards this annual fellowship, which includes a $2,500 grant, to one undergraduate student to conduct research on behalf of the center. The award is merit-based and designed to support original undergraduate research. Helterbran is a mechanical engineering major and a member of the Norwich Men’s Rugby Club. His summer research extends his engineering senior capstone project, building a prototype compact wind turbine for use in an Arctic Microgrid. He chose this project to fulfill the need for clean energy technology in remote locations. His goals for this PAWC (Peace and War Center) fellowship are to apply my engineering knowledge to develop renewable technology for the arctic region and to develop something worthy of the Norwich name. He developed a prototype with generic 3D printed blades that are designed to optimize in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is the first engineering major to earn the Norwich PAWC fellowship, which demonstrates the truly cross-disciplinary nature of the opportunity

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