07/23/2012

Wind Turbine Size to Double

 

Can you imagine a wind turbine that’s 1,000 feet in diameter? Larger turbines may soon become the norm.

Scientists have concluded that the larger the wind turbine, the greener the electricity it can produce. Their report appears in the Environmental Science & Technology journal and could solidify the trend toward larger wind turbine construction.

Researchers point out that wind power is an increasingly popular source of electricity. It accounts for approximately 2% of global electricity worldwide, a figure expected to approach 10% by 2020. The size of the turbines is also increasing.

Data shows that the average size of commercial turbines has grown 10-fold in the last 30 years, from diameters of 50 feet in 1980 to nearly 500 feet today. What’s next? Super-giant turbines approaching 1,000 feet in diameter.

Larger turbines make wind energy more environmentally friendly for two main reasons. Manufacturers now have the knowledge, experience, and technology to build big wind turbines with great efficiency.

Secondly, advanced materials and designs permit the efficient construction of large turbine blades that harness more wind without proportional increases in their mass or the masses of the tower and the nacelle that houses the generator.

The result is more clean power without substantial increases in the amount of material needed for construction or fuel required for transportation. What remains to be seen is if owners are willing to swallow a bigger initial investment and a visually larger commitment to renewable energy.

 

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

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Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.

 


 
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