Technology Friday – Wind Power

May 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm Leave a comment

Last week we touched on the latest from the world of solar power and I thought that the alternative energy solution with the larger installed base deserved equal time. I am of course talking about wind power.

This technology has shown just as much promise and progress in the last few years as its higher profile cousin, solar. Wind power just doesn’t seem to get as much media coverage as solar power. That hasn’t stopped it seemingly unstoppable march forward as even Hollywood stars are embracing wind power.

Jay Leno, the current host of NBC’s Tonight Show talks about his decision and the success of installing a wind turbine on his garage where he stores and works on his extensive car collection. A link to the Popular Mechanics’ article is: http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/jay_leno_garage/4216780.html

Recently a building in Bahrain became the first commercial development to integrate wind turbines into its design.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/03/bahrain_install.php

Now I know that the average building site doesn’t seem like a good candidate for wind power, but I point out that Jay Leno’s installation is in the middle of Los Angeles, not necessarily the windiest place on the planet and he gets a real return on his investment. There are also numerous DIY project sites on the internet that will gladly show you how to do this for your house or other buildings.

One site is here: http://www.bwea.com/you/byo.html

and another is: http://www.otherpower.com/otherpower_wind_tips.html

Lastly there is a turbine under development by a Canadian company that is meant for commercial building installation. It looks really promising and they are in process of getting approved in all 50 states at this point. They are scheduled to install quite a few turbines in Q4 of this year. Their site is located here: http://www.enviro-energies.com/

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