Archive for September, 2009

Wind Testing Begins at Middletown Sites

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The Big Wind has installed two anemometers in Middletown, as the Township takes an important first step toward implementing wind energy to reduce the costs associated with powering municipal properties. Anemometers at the Recycling Center and Middletown Arts Center will collect data on wind to provide Township decisionmakers with the information necessary for the deployment of vertical axis wind turbines.

The Big Wind Moves in New Directions

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
The Town School overlooks the FDR Drive and the East River.

The Town School overlooks the FDR Drive and the East River.

Based in New York City, The Town School has asked The Big Wind to conduct wind testing at its 76th Street location overlooking the FDR Drive and East River. The wind testing is a first step in a project being conducted by the School’s 8th grade class to implement wind energy to reduce the School’s carbon footprint and cut energy costs.

On Tuesday, September 15, The Big Wind’s president Greg Hart, vice president of Technical Operations, Mike Supko Sr., and aeronautics engineer Roberto Lozano Campos of Urban Green Energy met with New York architect Dianna Pozdniakov and representatives from The Town School to inspect a site for the possible installation of a UGE 1kW VAWT (vertical axis wind turbine). Mike Supko Sr. and The Town School’s Director of Technology, William Walsh, installed an anemometer on the 4th floor roof to collect wind data.

If approved, the UGE 1kW VAWT will be a gift to The Town School from its 8th graders, following in the progressive footsteps of the previous 8th grade class, which donated solar panels to the school last year.

The possible rooftop location of a 1kW VAWT

The possible rooftop location of a 1kW VAWT

The Big Wind is excited at the opportunity to collaborate with such an esteemed institution of learning and pleased to reach out to engaged young people by including them in the process of gathering the wind data.

The Town School is an independent, coeducational, non-sectarian elementary day school located in Manhattan: www.thetownschool.org.

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In other news, The Big Wind has been given approval by the Manalapan Township Council to install anemometers at the municipal complex to begin collecting wind data and determine a possible site for a 4kW VAWT. Big Wind president Greg Hart met with Manalapan’s Green Team a few weeks ago.

Wind testing continues around the region.

Wind testing continues around the region.

The Big Wind and Belmar Engineers Select Belmar Marina Site for 4kW VAWT

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Anemometer at the Belmar Marina begins collecting wind data.

Anemometer at the Belmar Marina begins collecting wind data.

Equipped with data from wind testing, site surveys, and the expertise of technical associates,  executives from The Big Wind and Belmar’s town engineers have designated the Belmar Marina as the site for the installation of the Borough’s first UGE 4kW vertical axis turbine. Early data obtained from an anemometer placed at the Marina indicate a strong wind corridor along the Shark River (from all directions), making the area an ideal site for harvesting wind power. Power generated by the VAWT can be used as a direct energy source for the marina facility, offsetting the costs of power consumption and saving the Borough money.

The Big Wind, along with Stark Foundations (www.starkfdn.com), is planning an early autumn installation.

The VAWT was originally designated for the 5th Avenue Taylor Pavilion, but a careful review of New Jersey State CAFRA (Coastal Area Facility Act) permitting guidelines and environmental considerations indicated that the installation could be held up for several months. To keep the project moving, the installation team turned its attention to other sites being studied.