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11.14.2012

Wind Power Turbines


photo by Arizona State University
Recently, Green Tallahassee visited solar installations throughout Leon County. Wind Power has not been considered a very practical alternative power generator here, but this student project form Phoenix may be a solution for all that "empty" space above our Interstates.

From Arizona State University, the student design is a retrofitting replacement of the horizontal steel tube that currently holds freeway signage over the 515 square miles of the Sonoran desert. The axis wind turbines would be powered by the turbulence created from the passing cars.
Average vehicle speeds on the valley highways are approximately 70 mph. Using average annual wind speeds of 10 mph as a baseline, each single wind turbine will produce 9,600KwH of energy, annually.

[still no Interstate wind turbines. . .reposted by request from 10/10/07]

2 comments:

To the reader who posted here re contacting the author of this post from Arizona State University: The best way to contact the student would be to post in the comments section on the blog post. Click the link above and it will take you to the University's blog page where the article on Wind Turbines appears. Thanks.

to the commenter who inquired about contacting this student about his project. Please go to the link in the post above and you can contact the article's author by placing a comment there. I could not identify a separate way to contact the student other than directly through the university's blog posting.
thanks.

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