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Norway Building World's Largest Wind Turbine

Norway has announced plans to build the viagra no prescription needed cheap world's largest wind turbine.  The turbine will measure 533 feet high with a rotor diameter of 475 feet.  With that big size will also come big power - the turbine is expected to have a capacity of 10 MW, or enough to power 2,000 homes.

The $67.5 million record-breaking prototype will be three times more powerful than regular-sized turbines. The leap in power will come from reduced weight and discount levitra levitra less moving parts.  It will be tested for two years on land in southwestern Norway to fine-tune the technology but is ultimately destined for offshore use.

The parties involved hope the mega-turbine will help increase the profitability of offshore wind power.  The turbine is planned to be installed in 2011.

via Grist



Chicago Area Gets Wind-Powered EV Charging Station

The Windy City area is capitalizing on its most famous attribute with a new wind-powered electric vehicle charging station.  Located in Highland Park, 30 miles outside of online doctor prescription tramadol the city, the charging station uses electricity generated by Illinois wind farms for law firm Emalfarb Swan & Bain.

The charging station is the second in the country and the we choice buying levitra online first in the continental U.S. to be powered by wind.  The other station is located in Maui, Hawaii.

The charge port was installed by Carbon Day Automotive, a distributor of the EV-charging leader Coulomb Technologies.  Carbon Day has also created a Solar Charge-Port that not only juices up EVs, but also collects, filters and recycles storm water through a Grey water filtration system for irrigation use.

via Green Car Advisor



10 GW of Wind Power Installed in U.S. Last Year

With all of the conflict over Cape Wind and the constant reduction in scope of T. Boone Pickens' wind projects, it's easy to feel discouraged, but here's something to canada levitra online lift your spirits.  Great news came from the American Wind Energy Association today.  During 2009, 10 GW of new wind power capacity was installed in the U.S., enough to power 2.4 million homes.  The last quarter of 2009 saw the installation of 4 GW alone.

The association gives credit to the American Recovery and Investment Act's $80 billion investment in clean energy for the largest installation for any year so far. You can read the association's full report on viagra tablets the year in wind here (PDF).

With big wind projects on the horizon for the next few years, and if all goes as planned, that annual number should keep going up.

via Energy Boom


Offshore Wind Turbines Help Sustain Marine Life

A study of offshore wind farms off Europe's coasts has revealed that the pfizer viagra cheap structures pose no threat to marine life, and in fact, they help sustain it.

Scientists at Stockholm University's Zoology Department conducted the study and found that the turbine foundations acted as habitats for fish, crabs, mussels, lobsters and plants, creating a more diverse and best prices on brand viagra dense population of just try! pfizer viagra cheap marine life at wind farm sites than at control sites away from the farms.

Like in the case of sunken subway cars or ships, the scientists said that the foundations were essentially acting as artificial reefs.  This study could potentially lead to wind and wave farm designs that foster this occurance.  Because wind farm sites are less suitable for bottom trawling, the farms could be built as safe zones for threatened species.

Yet another positive outcome of offshore wind.

via CleanTechnica


Fight Over Cape Wind's Fate Will End Soon

The Cape Wind offshore wind power project has been the most contested renewable energy project in the country to date.  It seems every couple of weeks brings a new objection to the project which would install 130 turbines off the coast of Cape Cod in Nantucket Sound.  But Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has said he will issue a final decision on the project by April, putting an end to almost ten years of fighting.

Cape Wind stands to be the country's first major offshore wind installation.  First announced in 2001, a series of we like it generic cialis professional complaints and lawsuits have held it back, mainly coming from groups who believe the wind farm, set to rise 440 feet above the surface, will ruin the natural beauty of the sound, and American Indian tribes who use the sound as part of their rituals.

Salazar will have to consider all of the complaints against just as many petitions from groups urging approval of the project.

In defense of the project, the designers have produced scale models of what the project would look like from the nearest shorelines (the closest is pictured above), and the turbines are barely visible.  Also, the area is well-suited for wind power.  The project would have a capacity of 420 MW and at average wind speeds for the area, could produce three-quarters of the Cape and Islands' electricity needs.  But that doesn't mean some of cheapest cialis the objections aren't valid.  It will be a tough decision for Salazar and I don't envy his position.

For a refresher on the project here's a nice rundown.

via NY Times

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