Posts Tagged ‘Wind Turbine’
» posted on Friday, September 17th, 2010 at 11:17 pm by Woody Wilson viewed 345 times
By Networx.comFri, Sep 17 2010 at 11:27 AM ES
Efficiency, safety and neighbors are key issues for wind power siting.
So you studied the maps and collected local wind data. You know wind power is cost-effective in your area. Now it’s time to site the turbine. Here is how to maximize efficiency and safety while being a good neighbor.
» posted on Friday, July 16th, 2010 at 8:22 am by Woody Wilson viewed 111 times
A request by a tree farmer to install a 120-foot-tall wind turbine on his Long Lane, East Hampton, property has demonstrated that the Town of East Hampton is in need of guidelines for where and how such things are placed. Stephen Mahoney is seeking state and town permits to have the electricity-generating turbine installed on his 20-acre parcel. But the plan has drawn opposition from neighbors and others who want to preserve their views or are concerned about health and safety risks.
The specific location of Mr. Mahoney’s proposed wind turbine has been criticized because it is among many acres that were preserved with taxpayer money and that have been officially designated as scenic. At 120 feet tall, the turbine would tower over all that it is near. Mr. Mahoney should be allowed his turbine, but he should be asked to compromise on a height more acceptable to those who enjoy the view as it is.
The town, however, has no specific regulations governing such projects, though there have been calls for them over the years. This leaves the town board in the unusual position of becoming involved in a land-use decision, something otherwise reserved for other, less political boards, such as planning and zoning. Rules for wind power should be adopted before any additional projects are reviewed.
» posted on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 at 5:44 pm by Woody Wilson viewed 595 times
Wind power has long been a favorite of the tree hugging environmentalists, but as with most great ideas, you’ll also find a NIMBY (not in my back yard) crowd complaining about everything from bird strikes to the swishing noise created by the rotating blades. Personally, I think wind farms are really cool, and they show that we’re actually doing something about energy besides chanting drill baby drill.
The Fuller Wind Turbine from Solar Aero Research addresses most of the anti-wind crowd’s concerns. With a fully enclosed turbine, the Fuller doesn’t draw attention to itself, won’t thwack birds out of the sky, and requires minimal maintenance. Based on a 1913 Nikola Tesla patent, this type of turbine is incredibly efficient, and even a small unit like the prototype shown in the pictures can deliver about 5kW in a 15 knot wind.
This looks like a great solution, but it’s not available yet. Solar Aero is looking to license the design to manufacturers.
» posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010 at 4:48 pm by Woody Wilson viewed 425 times
Better Generation can today exclusively unveil a brand new turbine being launched by the U.K. based FuturEnergy. The image above shows the ‘FuturEnergy Airforce 10 Upwind Turbine,’ the latest product from the midlands-based company.
The makers say that the ‘Airforce 10′ will produce over 10kW of power at wind speeds of just 9 m/s and with carbon-fibre blades, ultrasonic wind sensors, and an on-board uninterruptible power supply for the control electronics, this turbine promises reliability, efficiency, and safety when configured for grid connection or for standalone battery charging. Early information obtained by Better Generation indicates that the turbine will sport a direct-drive permanent magnet generator, constant self-diagnosis of control circuitry and an SD card data logger for those who want detailed analysis of the Airforce 10′s power output.
FuturEnergy are based near Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and design, build and market small wind turbine systems for micro-generation of electricity. The ‘Airforce 10′ has 5 times the rotor diameter of their previous effort, the FuturEnergy 1kW, and marks a move away from a rugged DIY look towards the new, sleek set-up shown here. But before you all rush out and buy one, it is of course important you assess the suitability of your site with the Power Predictor. FuturEnergy’s Managing Director, Peter Osbourne, agrees too that generating electricity from wind is really location specific and says, “If you don’t have enough wind in your sails then installing a wind turbine is a waste of everybody’s time.”
There are no details yet on the cost of this machine, or when the Airforce 10 will be available to consumers but we understand they will be taking orders soon. You can get ahead of the (power) curve by taking a look at our review containing preliminary power output information and some more good-looking pictures.
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