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Offline zaceman

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Cleveland: Wind Turbine Construction News
« on: November 20, 2004, 01:04:03 PM »
Wind powering up in Ohio

Itís real, itís here, itís working, letís make more!

In the last couple of years, wind power has crossed the threshold in Ohio from eco-dream to market-driven reality. The transition is being driven by new turbine technology that is making the cost of wind power competitive with other forms of generation, the deregulation of the electric power industry, growing consumer demand for clean, renewable power, and the work of alternative energy organizations like Green Energy Ohio (GEO).

Here are some of the recent developments:

Serious windmills: While other parts of the country, such as the Great Plains, have greater wind resources, new wind maps are showing that Ohio also has commercial-grade wind. That's why the municipal utility in Bowling Green installed two 1.8 megawatt turbines a year ago. The sleek, aerodynamic turbines stand 390 feet tall and are the largest turbines in the U.S. east of the Rockies. They supply around three percent of the city's power needs and have been so successful that the Bowling Green utility is working with other municipal utilities in Ohio and Green Mountain Energy to install two more. Other big turbines are spouting up in southwest Pennsylvania (a big installation is visible along the Pennsylvania Turnpike by Somerset).

Lake Erie wind: The most promising sites for wind turbines in Ohio are expected to be out on Lake Erie, but most wind measurements on the lake have been made at water level, not at the height of turbines. To plug this data gap, GEO recently received funding to install a wind monitoring station on the Cleveland Division of Water's intake crib more than three miles offshore. Once the wind resource is confirmed, it's possible that commercial-scale turbines could soon be sprouting from the shallow waters of the lake - generating clean power for thousands of homes and helping to give Cleveland a new image. "Our idea is to make it a visionary statement for the city - that we are going into the new century with some clean-power options and put Cleveland on the map with this," GEO board member Fletcher Miller told the PD.

Wind jobs: In addition to being cool and clean, wind turbines can stimulate economic development in Ohio. A recent study found that the 20 states that would potentially benefit the most from the growth of the wind industry, receiving 80 percent of the job creation, are the same states that account for 76 percent of the manufacturing jobs lost in the U.S. over the last 3 1/2 years. Indeed, Ohio could be a leader in many aspects of turbine production, including tower fabrication and welding, electrical components, instruments and controls, and software. Canton-based bearing manufacturer Timken, for example, is predicting exponential growth in their sales to wind turbine companies. And Ohio farmers are embracing wind power as a reliable, low-cost power source for farm operations, as well as a potential source of extra income by leasing space in their fields for commercial turbines.

Wind conference: One more sign that wind has arrived is the Ohio Wind Power Conference (which took place November 9-10, 2004, in Cleveland). Organized by GEO, the Ohio Department of Development, and the U.S. Department of Energy and it brought together industry leaders, utility representatives, government officials, technical experts, and activists to discuss where the wind market and technology are headed.

It's fitting for wind power to come to Cleveland. After all, Cleveland inventor Charles Brush built the first automatically operating wind turbine for electricity generation in 1888 behind his Euclid Avenue mansion.

Wind is the world's fastest growing energy source with double-digit growth. We have all the ingredients in Northeast Ohio to become a leading center in this emerging industry.

http://www.ecocitycleveland.org/ecologicaldesign/energy/wind_power_ohio.htm


Perhaps they could get rid of some of those old power plants on the shoreline if this comes about.

btw that first wind turbine looked like this



hmm imagine that in someones backyard lol
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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2004, 05:13:13 PM »
I'm glad Cleveland is gonna jump on this, because that breeze never stops when you're on the lake.  It would also be great for the city's image which has been tarnished recently.  Thanks for the info :clap:

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2004, 09:36:51 PM »
we go to texas a lot for cheap vacations out of the city and when we fly over the middle of the state you see these windmill power farms everywhere. there are literally hundreds of them on the west texas plains!

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2004, 03:59:59 PM »
I saw the ones in Pennsylvania on a trip last month - they are huge!  Really cool though.  Maybe we can get some of those in Columbus too, it seems pretty darn windy here in the wintertime at least.  Compared to the Cincinnati area, that is.  I'm sure it's nothing compared to Cleveland!


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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2004, 04:40:51 PM »
oh wow those are some awesome looking things.  I would say that NW Ohio's flat landscape is best suited for something like this, also right along the coast of Lake Erie in NE Ohio.  heh it can get quite windy there.  I went to the beach a few weeks ago and could barely stand up it was so windy.

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2004, 07:44:02 PM »
I posted this a while ago on another thread, but here it is again. On the way back to Fort Wayne after the Cleveland meet on Labor Day weekend, I stopped to check out the wind turbines near Bowling Green. Here's a photo of one of them:


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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2005, 07:47:09 PM »
GREAT LAKES SCIENCE CENTER GETS APPROVAL FOR WIND TURBINE
June 17th, 2005

June 17, 2005 - In their meeting this morning, the City Planning Commission gave its approval for the initial phase of the Great Lakes Science Centerís multi-stage initiative to explore the possibilities of renewable energy resources. The Planning Commission approved the installation of a single wind turbine on the front lawn of the Science Center. The project is made possible by the support of the Cleveland Foundation.

As the home of the largest exhibition about the Great Lakes in the country, the Science Center intends to use the turbine and the data collected to educate its visitors and the public about wind power and its potential benefits for the region. Easily accessible to pedestrians using Erieside Avenue, the installation will feature outdoor interpretive panels that will show data captured in real time. As an additional benefit, it is expected that the single utility-grade turbine will provide an estimated 10-12% of the Science Centerís energy needs.

ďOur mission is to bring enhanced levels of science learning to people of all ages, in a tangible and exciting way,Ē said Science Center President and Executive Director
Dr. Linda Abraham-Silver. ďBy demonstrating the interrelationship between science, technology and the environment, the wind turbine project brings our mission to life in a very accessible way and takes full advantage of our lakefront location.Ē

The turbineís overall height will be approximately 145 feet with a blade diameter of 88 feet. Similar urban wind turbine projects have proven to be tourist attractions in their own right and it is anticipated that this installation will enhance Clevelandís lakefront skyline and help position the city as one with a focus on renewable energy resources. It is anticipated that the installation will be completed by November of this year.


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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2005, 08:32:33 PM »
oh wow i forgot about that, yea it pretty much does relate

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2005, 09:05:06 PM »
I want to see the windmill take our a flock of seagulls.  Or the Flock of Seagulls.  Either way, I'll be happy.

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2005, 09:12:28 PM »
^ i've seen a mack truck take out a bunch of pigeons once on public square

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2005, 09:21:20 PM »
And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn't get away.

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2005, 05:17:43 PM »
^ i've seen a mack truck take out a bunch of pigeons once on public square

Sweet.

They are just winged rats.  We should pay homeless people to hunt them with pellet guns.

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2005, 01:45:27 PM »
(From Crains)

A windy situation

By ALLISON WOOD

July 22. 2005 3:50PM



A 125-foot tower will be installed on top of the Cleveland water crib on Monday as part of a two-year study to determine if wind turbines placed in Lake Erie eventually could serve as an energy source.

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2005, 01:58:29 PM »
http://www.greenenergyohio.org/page.cfm?pageID=705

These would look great.  Sounds promising.


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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2005, 11:11:56 PM »
how fun, now i need a boat........

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2005, 12:05:20 PM »
A slightly longer article from the 7/26/05 PD:


Offshore tower to measure wind power
Nonprofit group seeks alternative-energy source

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
John C. Kuehner
Plain Dealer Reporter


Wind power on Lake Erie started to take shape Monday just offshore of downtown Cleveland.

Technicians and volunteers began building the tallest wind-monitoring tower on the Great Lakes atop the Cleveland Water Department intake crib, the bright orange-and-white structure 3.5 miles north of Edgewater Park and the major collection point for Greater Cleveland's drinking water.

When it is completed in several weeks, the galvanized steel tower will rise 165 feet above the lake's surface like a silver needle. Its six arms will hold a variety of small, lightweight instruments at three heights to record weather conditions and the wind's speed, frequency and direction.

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http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/112237048186950.xml&coll=2
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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2005, 09:47:17 PM »
anyone check out the Green Energy Ohio site???

www.greenenergyohio.org

there are some nice pics on there of this project in the works and also a live webcam from the crib looking towards Downtown Cleveland (http://www.lakenet.net/gcam.hteo/cribm).  Fun times!
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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2005, 09:55:57 PM »
I think they should turn the crib into a bed and breakfest for boaters.

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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2005, 10:04:48 AM »
Random thought ... I wonder if the Great Lakes Science Center's wind turbine will be visible from the far end of Cleveland Browns Stadium.  I think it would, especially if the blades are as high as 233 ft. at the apex of their travel.  I'm thinking of the wide crowd shots you see on TV, aiming toward the Dawg Pound.  That would look cool if you were able to see a wind turbine in the background!

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2005, 05:24:58 PM »
i just seen a rendering of this on Cleveland Public Art's website

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #23 on: August 30, 2005, 07:55:32 PM »
From the 8/30/05 PD:


Pole to test lake's wind power
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
John C. Kuehner
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Six, thin steel arms holding a variety of scientific equipment stretch out across Lake Erie this morning, waiting for a breeze.

Those 10-foot arms and the measuring devices attached to them could help determine the future of wind power on the lake.

Technicians and volunteers finished building the tallest wind-monitoring tower on the Great Lakes Monday night just a few miles from downtown Cleveland.

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http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/1125394519193750.xml&coll=2
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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2005, 11:52:17 AM »
Kind of ironic that the setup of the tower that's going to measure if it's windy enough on the Lake to justify building turbines was almost delayed because it was too windy.  :-D

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2005, 03:19:30 PM »
there has been a delivery of what appears to be the pole sections for the wind turbine.†

it is currently fenced off on land behind the science center.† no noticeable progress on a concrete pad for the installation though.† i took some pics and will try and post later.
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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2005, 03:49:44 PM »
Here are a couple of pics of the pole:

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #27 on: November 14, 2005, 05:28:56 PM »
It's HUGE!  I love that they put a single barricade in front of it with some helpful "caution" tape...just in case someone didn't see it coming!

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« Reply #28 on: January 11, 2006, 11:29:04 AM »
more progress - the pad has been poured.  and it has only been 7 months.  maybe they'll have this up by the summer at this pace.

concrete pad

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Re: Cleveland: Wind Power Developments
« Reply #29 on: January 11, 2006, 02:18:09 PM »
That looks like a project that I would do in my backyard.  Truly impressive.