Friday, October 2, 2009

Rockport Maine Offshore Wind Power

Wind power concerns many

Residents say plans are moving too fast

ROCKPORT, Maine — Offshore wind power may have the capacity to help the state free itself from its dependence on foreign oil, but plenty of Mainers have concerns as well as hopes about its potential.

More than 70 people gathered Tuesday night at the Samoset Resort for the last in a series of information sessions about several proposed test sites for offshore wind power generation held throughout September along the Maine coast. Many of them, including Margaret Schuler of Edgecomb, shared their opinions with a panel of experts from the University of Maine, the state Environmental Protection Agency, the Marine Resources and Conservation departments and the state geologist.

“Why would we lay waste to some of our best and most beautiful areas for a test site?” she asked.

After a legislative mandate, the state has identified seven areas as possible demonstration sites for testing wind power equipment. All are located in state-controlled waters, less than three miles off the coast, and have waters more than 200 feet deep.

Wind speeds are higher farther offshore, panelists said, and 200 feet is as deep as fixed-based turbines can be.

The proposed sites are located off Metinic Island, Matinicus, Monhegan, Isle au Haut, Cutler, Jonesport, Damariscove Island and Boon Island. Damariscove is off Boothbay Harbor in Lincoln County, and Boon Island is off Cape Neddick in York County.

By mid-October, the state will publish a draft list of as many as five demonstration areas along the coast, and the final decision of where to construct one or more is expected to be made in mid-December.

The panel of experts explained to the sometimes skeptical crowd that the turbine test sites would be financed, maintained and ultimately removed by private companies, and that each would contain no more than two demonstration turbines. They also tried to alleviate concerns that the benefits of wind power ultimately might bypass the state — enriching corporations, altering the landscape and possibly endangering wildlife.

“Once the turbines are up, the price of fuel is zero,” said panelist Beth Nagusky, director of the Office of Innovation and Assistance at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. “[Wind power] gets us away from the volatility of the market.”

Smaller-scale prototype floating turbines could be in place as soon as the spring of 2011, said panelist Jake Ward of the University of Maine.

Participants expressed worries about interference with lobster fishing, the effect on seabirds, whales, fish and butterflies, the impact on Maine’s dark night skies and damage to the scenic nature of the coast. Several people seemed concerned that the state is moving too quickly as it prepares to construct the test sites.

“We do have quite a large database about these areas,” Kathleen Lyden of the Maine State Planning Office said in response. “It’s not that we’re operating without information.”

Ward said many university studies of the Gulf of Maine have been completed over the last 30 years, and that the test sites will provide an opportunity to do “a lot more analysis” of the area.

Elizabeth Dickerson, a Rockland city councilor, wondered how many jobs would be created through the test site construction process.

Ward told her that there likely would be “dozens” of jobs related to any test site, and “thousands” related to any wind energy project.

“There will be about 16 jobs per $1 million invested,” Ward said.

Jim Mays of Rockport shared his opinion that time and money would be better spent on gathering wind and wave data about 20 miles offshore, where the “real wind” is.

“Knowing the exact wind climate out there is extremely important, so designers won’t overbuild and they won’t underbuild,” he said. “It’s the first step in what I hope will be responsible development of our wind resource.”

Lobsterman Ryan Post, who fishes near Metinic Island, said that while he sees development of offshore wind power as a “great opportunity,” lobstermen affected by barges and construction in their fishing grounds have to be compensated.

“If you bring in four or five tugs through thousands of lobster traps, it’s going to be devastating. Lobstermen are being pushed aside here,” he said.

But Diane Messer of Liberty aimed to put concerns into perspective.

“We don’t have to have a really distant memory to think back to last winter,” she said. “You can be certain that the price of fuel will go back up again, significantly. And we’re going to be a lot more interested in wind. Let’s get started, let’s get the process going, and let’s stay involved.”

Source: Bangor Daily News

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

American Wind Energy Association “predicts huge growth”

The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that a 20 percent renewable energy requirement by 2020 would generate 355,000 new jobs and save consumers $49.1 billion on their electricity and natural gas bills, according to The PEW Environmental Group.

Renewable energy is expected to generate 16 gigawatts per year by 2020. One wind turbine equals 1.5 megawatts and 1 megawatt is one-one thousandth of a gigawatt.

The American Wind Energy Association “predicts huge growth” based largely on those figures. “There are several wind farms planned (in West Virginia and?Pennsylvania). Building the stuff near where you’re going to use it” is common sense.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

North Carolina State Senate Votes to Kill Wind Turbines

The North Carolina State Senate has voted overwhelmingly to ban large wind turbines from the state’s scenic western ridgelines.

The 42-1 vote on Thursday represents the strongest stand against wind turbines taken by lawmakers in any state. The bill would amend a 1983 “ridge law” to allow only turbines that are 100 feet or smaller to be placed on ridgelines above 3,000 feet. This effectively bars industrial-sized turbines — which can reach several hundred feet in height — from the windy mountaintops.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Small Wind Turbine with Kitchen Appliance

Small Wind Turbine With A Blender Motor (VIDEO)

Seattle Times | Dave Burdick | March 11, 2009 08:04 AM

Wind-powering one's home typically means one of two things: buying into a pool of money that offsets the cost of running a wind farm -- that is to say, buying electrons that are probably generated by conventional means and blindly subsidizing the work required to build or run wind projects, which will (probably) feed "clean" electrons into the grid elsewhere -- or planting a huge, expensive and sometimes loud wind turbine on your property.

One entry in a Google-run contest would like to change that, according to the Seattle Times:

Imagine walking into a big-box retail store and grabbing a wind turbine off the shelf.

"For me, so many of these [wind] systems just aren't practical," Maglaque said, referring to expenses and inspections needed to install other wind devices. "I should be able to go down to Costco and pick one up by a big jar of mayonnaise."

I posted this here because I found the comments on this post to be very interesting:
The opposition to changing the status quo is, in my mind, ridiculous.
I can imagine the powers that be in the oil industry, or anyone with a financial interest in keeping the US on the oil powered path would do anything to discredit or spread disinformation

Go to Huffington Post to see the opposition to this small wind energy idea here.

Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?

Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Wind Turbine Owners Sell Energy Credits

Credits offer wind power without backyard turbine

Associated Press

CLARKS LANDING (AP) — Maryland residents who lack the wind, the will or the wherewithal to put wind turbines in their backyard can still buy green power, often in a more convenient way and at a lower cost.

Clean Currents, based in Rockville, has been offering green power — defined as renewable energy credits and green electricity — for three years and it’s become cheaper than regular utility rates.

Usually renewable energy requires an upfront investment, but we’re in a unique situation where you can choose green power and save money at the same time,” said Gary Skulnik, Clean Currents’ president. “It almost never happens.”

That unique situation came about because of cheaper wholesale energy prices that Clean Currents and other companies have used to their advantage because many utility companies haven’t dropped rates to reflect the change in wholesale costs.

Clean Currents sells credits to about 3,000 Maryland homes within BGE and Pepco service areas and D.C. residents can also buy credits from Pepco. Those rates are still slightly higher than regular rates.

Carlos Fernandez-Bueno has sold wind turbines to residential customers, such as Ken Robinson and Sheryll Elliott of Clarks Landing, for installation in their backyard. But he said renewable energy credits are a good option for most people.

Robinson wanted to provide his own electricity so he could be satisfied he wasn’t contributing to pollution from a power plant across Cuckold Creek from his house. In winter time, his wind turbine provides more power than he uses and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative pays him for what his wind turnbine’s generated.

“I’m jealous,” said Julie Klingenstein, a neighbor of Robinson’s. “Maybe they’ll share some of their electricity with all that money they’re saving.”

Fernandez-Bueno didn’t sell any wind turbines in Maryland in 2008 despite selling 85 around the country. Robinson’s installation of a wind turbine took 18 months because the zoning board didn’t have a proper form to apply for a permit to build a windmill in Charles County.

Pepco spokesman Robert Dobkin did warn customers that some renewable energy companies struggle to stay afloat and have to cut or reduce programs.

The Mid-Atlantic grid receives the wind power from turbines in Texas and other states. Skulnik said the number of people signing up for green power has grown significantly from last year.

“There’s no cost to you, you don’t have to install any equipment and it takes less than five minutes on a Web site,” Skulnik said. “There’s no excuse not to do it.”


Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?

Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?

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Maryland Home Owner Installs Home Wind Turbine

Maryland Couple Installs Wind Turbine in Backyard

SWAN POINT, Md. - While some people are finding it hard to pay their electric bills, one Maryland couple is taking action to reduce their power bill by installing a wind turbine in their own backyard.

After months and months of trying to get permits from the county and the electric company, Ken Robinson and Sheryl Elliot finally got to see their hard work pay off and they are now taking control of their home's energy needs.

For years, Robinson and Elliott have looked for ways to use more renewable energy in and around their southern Maryland home. "We became educated on energy and alternative energy and we get so much wind here we thought this might be an ideal location for a wind turbine," said Robinson

After months of research, planning and paperwork, the new energy source is now in place. The 170 pound turbine sits 600 feet from the couple's home on the edge of their property near the water, directly across the bay from the county power plant.

While reducing pollution, the turbine is designed to convert wind into clean energy and generate enough power to run anything in the home. "We are anticipating a 40 percent reduction basically going from $0.14 cents to $0.07," said Elliot.

"I also expect during the winter months we will have tremendous savings possibly producing more energy than we can use in which case we will basically be providing energy to the grid and then getting a credit on our electric bill," said Robinson.

Carlos Fernandez installed the turbine and says the couple's home is one of the most optimal places for the wind generator. "I came out here and as beautiful as it is, it comes out in to the water with no obstructions to the wind especially the typical wind that comes from the west in the area," said Fernandez.

The couple hopes their turbine will serve as an example to others throughout Maryland to help make it a greener, cleaner state. "We thought if we went first, we thought we would help pave the way so others who follow it will be easier for," said Elliot.

"It's still a surreal feeling to actually know there is an active wind turbine because its been a dream of ours for years," said Robinson.

The new turbine already has some in the community looking to follow suit. The couple says one of their neighbors is hoping to install a smaller, experimental turbine on their dock soon.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Aggressively Capture Wind to Generate Electricity for Farms

Low Wind Speed Startup Wind Powered Generator

Frederick Maryland wind generator developer makes interesting argument re: large vs smaller, potentially much more efficient multi blade wind powered generators:

Our calculations show that our 14' diameter low wind speed startup Wind Powered Generator blades create 4.068 Newton meters (3.000 ft lbs) of torque on the center shaft at 1 mile per hour (0.44704 meter/second) open air wind speed. Since 1 mph is the lowest that we are reporting, then if 3 ft lbs of torque is enough to start turning the blades, that is a 1 mph startup speed (0.44704 m/s startup speed). But, to be conservative in our estimates we say "less than" 5 mph startup speed (2.23 m/s startup speed). We reiterate: 5 mph startup speed (2.23 m/s startup speed). That is just the calculated torque from the blades in open air wind. 5 mph startup speed (2.23 m/s startup speed). It does not include degradation due to any icing on the unit if there is an ice storm or a freezing-rain storm, or other factors, etc. Under different conditions, it will take different amounts of torque to start turning the blades. The following graph helps with understanding the calculated torque for the wind speeds.

Remember this is NOT some silly three bladed "airfoil lifting" wind turbine.

This design uses a lot of big wide blades. We wrote the definition of a Wind Powered Generator as we build them. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE!

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Does NOT use 3 silly airfoils.

Listed wattage is estimated only. Towers are seperate and are not included in this price. The wind may blow or it may not, we do not control that.

Low wind speed startup.
Remember, ours is DESIGNED for low wind speed startup.

At different wind speeds, the torque on the blades creates different wattages. At high wind speeds, the listed wattages can be double what they show here.

Please look at our page "An Introduction to Wind Loads" to see the very high turning forces on these blades.

Why is it most of the Wind Turbines one sees are the gigantic 3 bladed monstrosities?

Did you know there were smaller, possibly more efficient alternatives?

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Some Turbines Are More Equal Than Others

3 Blades Good, 30 Blades Bad?

All wind turbines are equal, but some turbines are MORE EQUAL than others?

From Maryland Small Wind Energy Systems
Image Credit: Chuck Coker

Why is it the only images you see of wind energy are huge 3 bladed monsters?
Why did the farmers of the 19th and 20th century use MULTI bladed wind turbines?

Why are most images of wind energy systems using propeller like airfoil blades... when the data suggests 45° blades are far more efficient?

From Maryland Small Wind Energy Systems

Which group of corporations stand to benefit if wind energy was less efficient?

From Maryland Small Wind Energy Systems

Small Wind Energy Systems
From this graphic it would seem Eastern Maryland is the most likely place to construct Wind Energy Systems.
The large 3 blade wind turbines could harm birds, smaller 30 bladed small wind energy systems seem a better solution (not to mention they cost a whole lot less)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Low Wind Speed Generators

The National Renewable Energy Labs, a Facility of the US Department of Energy for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, is now focusing on Low Wind Speed Start Up Wind Powered Generators after 2 long decades of concentrating on Large High Wind Speed Turbines.

The focus at the US Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Labs, and others who focus and steer the 'future of wind technology development' has shifted to 'low-wind-speed energy capture'. We are already in position now to deliver the technology which enables the real value proposition for wind energy capture: wind energy present with as little as 2 to 5 mph wind speeds.
Excerpted from the US DOE Energy Efficiency and Rewnewable Energy Wind & HydroPower Technologies website:
 Wind Energy

To help meet America's increasing energy needs while protecting our Nation's energy security and environment, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working with wind industry partners to develop clean, domestic, innovative wind energy technologies that can compete with conventional fuel sources. DOE's Wind Energy Program efforts have culminated in some of industry's leading products today and have contributed to record-breaking industry growth.

Popular Wind Energy Topics

Windbelt, Cheap Generator Alternative, Set to Power Third World

Published in the November 2007 issue of PopularMechanics.

Working in Haiti, Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor based in Mountain View, Calif., saw the need for small-scale wind power to juice LED lamps and radios in the homes of the poor. Conventional wind turbines don’t scale down well—there’s too much friction in the gearbox and other components. “With rotary power, there’s nothing out there that generates under 50 watts,” Frayne says. So he took a new tack, studying the way vibrations caused by the wind led to the collapse in 1940 of Washington’s Tacoma Narrows Bridge (aka Galloping Gertie).

Frayne’s device, which he calls a Windbelt, is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines. Frayne envisions the Windbelt costing a few dollars and replacing kerosene lamps in Haitian homes. “Kerosene is smoky and it’s a fire hazard,” says Peter Haas, founder of the Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group, which helps people in developing countries to get environmentally sound access to clean water, sanitation and energy. “If Shawn’s innovation breaks, locals can fix it. If a solar panel breaks, the family is out a panel.”

Frayne hopes to help fund third-world distribution of his Windbelt with revenue from first-world applications—such as replacing the batteries used to power temperature and humidity sensors in buildings. “There’s not a huge amount of innovation being done for people making $2 to $4 per day,” Haas says. “Shawn’s work is definitely needed.”

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Small Wind Energy System in Western Maryland

... you need look no further than a Frederick Maryland entrepreneur with a radical concept... look at what Farmers did 100 years ago: Wind Energy Facts about Wind Powered Generators

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Emerging Industry: Small Wind Turbines

(CNN) -- The gale force of President Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus package could breathe new life into an emerging industry: small wind turbines.

This 10-kilowatt, 120-foot-tall small wind turbine could fulfill the electricity needs of this household.

This 10-kilowatt, 120-foot-tall small wind turbine could fulfill the electricity needs of this household.

The bill provides a 30 percent investment tax credit to consumers who buy these turbines, which are typically used to help power homes or small businesses.

Even amid a recession, this tax credit "is going to blow the top off the market," said Ron Stimmel, a "small-wind" advocate with the American Wind Energy Association.

The association predicts the federal subsidy could help the small-turbine market grow by 40 to 50 percent annually, a boost that would parallel the growth of the U.S. solar photovoltaic industry after a similar 2005 initiative.

Unlike the towering windmills sprouting en masse from the Western Plains, small wind turbines have a capacity of 100 kilowatts or less and are designed to operate on the consumer side of the power grid, often in combination with solar panels. How do small wind turbines work? »

According to the American Wind Energy Association, the United States is already the world's leading manufacturer of small-wind technologies, holding roughly two-thirds of the world's market share. Last year, American companies made 98 percent of the small wind turbines sold in the United States.

To conservation-minded home or business owners, the turbines are an investment in clean energy and one way to ease America's dependence on foreign oil. In the right location, a 10-kilowatt turbine could supply the entire electricity needs of an average American household. The newly subsidized larger models can help power small businesses, farms and schools.

The wind industry is governed by the laws of physics. The higher the wind speed, the faster the turbine spins and the more electricity is produced. Because the output of a wind turbine also tends to increase proportionally with its distance from barriers such as trees or buildings, the most productive -- and cost-effective -- turbines sit atop tall towers erected on an acre or more of open land.

Despite this rule of thumb, there is a burgeoning movement to bring small-wind power to cities as well.

In San Francisco, California, a volunteer organization called the Urban Wind Task Force has distributed 27 wind-monitoring stations throughout the city to survey sites for potential turbine installations.

"It is true that doing wind in urban environments is a lot trickier than in rural environments," said Johanna Partin, San Francisco's Renewable Energy Program manager, who also coordinates the task force. "But the reason you rarely see [turbines in cities] may be that we just haven't figured out how to do it yet."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines last August when he proposed installing wind turbines atop city bridges and skyscrapers. He later backtracked, saying he wasn't sure the project was feasible.

Some experts, citing physical and regulatory hurdles, view the urban wind movement as misconceived.

"When you get down around a house, or in and amongst a lot of trees, or around buildings, the wind resource is seriously compromised," said Mick Sagrillo, founder of Sagrillo Power and Light, a renewable energy consultancy firm.

"All of the data that we've seen that's come out of any reporting or testing ... backs that up," said Sagrillo, a 29-year veteran of the field.

Stimmel, of the small-wind industry association, agrees.

"There are pockets of usable wind in cities," he says, "but they're very hard to find, and they're a lot more limited than you might think. It is most often not worth the time and expense."

There are also zoning regulations and permitting requirements in many cities that pose serious challenges to wind installations. Most experts say that city dwellers should focus their energy conservation efforts on other renewable technologies or home efficiency improvements.

Shrinking Our Eco-footprint

Contributed by: Jeff Boesel on 4/25/2009

Sometimes I wonder about people who choose to toss their empty drink can into the trash when there is a recycle bin right next to it. Maybe they see it as an infringement on their rights, or an inconvenience, but the sad fact is we continue to trash our country. We do have lots of places to put it, but do we want to see the Grand Canyon filled up with garbage someday? Okay, that is a little extreme, but there is, in Colorado Springs, an easy and quite inexpensive way to reduce what we pour into our landfills.

Most disposal companies offer some sort of recycling; usually, at a minimum, for paper and aluminum. Our company recently went to a program where we can recycle virtually everything. The real beauty of the program is that you don't have to sort anything. If it is recyclable, you just put it in a single bin and put the bin out each week for pick up on your regular trash day. It could not be easier.

We have reduced our actual landfill garbage by two thirds. I was shocked. Just think of the impact of that if all of our neighborhood would do the same! We could really make a difference and it changes almost nothing in the way we live our lives, outside of a little motivation and knowledge of what to recycle and what to throw away.

There is a small financial cost to participate in the program. I think ours is $5 a month. But think of this, since you are reducing the amount of your other trash, you could reduce the size of your trash container and reduce the cost associated with that. In our lives it works out to be an even trade. So, it's not saving me money, but, it's not costing me more money and I am doing something healthy for my planet.

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