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Humboldt Empowerment – Offshore Wind Power for Humboldt County

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2010 by highboldtage

Humboldt Empowerment Project 

GOAL:  Electrical energy self sufficiency (independence) for Humboldt County using a renewable source within five years. 

MEANS:  A wind turbine farm placed in a ten mile square at sea twenty miles offshore on floating barge platforms with the electricity collected onshore in one or more stations..  On 500′ centers this will comprise +/- 11,100 turbines. 

ECONOMIC NOTES:  Turbines and barges to be assembled locally in Humboldt County.  This project should result in 500 or more local good paying jobs for welders, assemblers and mariners.  If production starts in one year, we need to produce 10 barges per day to complete the project in 5 years. 

ENGINEERING NOTES:  Barges should be plug and play, towed out to sea for production and towed to port for maintenance.  Barges, power transmission and anchors should be engineered to survive a 10,000 year tsunami.   

ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES:  Possible effect on seabirds.  Possible effect on fish and marine mammals.  Wind power production at this scale may alter global wind patterns.  Possible conflict with marine shipping routes and fishing zones. 

BENEFITS:  Bountiful electric supply for Humboldt produced locally with a small carbon load, a boost to the local economy through cheaper power and good jobs, and a power plant that is very secure against disaster or attack.  Humboldt County will be a world pioneer in wind power energy production. 

Windmill or Wind Turbine- powered boats: how many are out there, and are they viable?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 11, 2009 by highboldtage

Windmill or Wind Turbine- powered boats: how many are out there, and are they viable?

 

“In the late 1990’s I built and tested two different versions. They went quite well directly against the wind, but more development work is required to get them optimised.”

http://urlet.com/shines.ashamed
http://www.boatdesign.net/forums/projects-proposals/windmill-wind-turbine-powered-boats-how-many-out-there-they-viable-14182.html

Levitating in the wind = MagLev Wind Turbines

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 11, 2009 by highboldtage

Levitating in the wind

Could gigantic maglev wind turbines be the answer to the world’s energy problems? It’s a cool idea, but somehow I doubt it.

Still, that’s what an Arizona-based company called Maglev Wind Turbine Technologies is proposing. It wants to build enormous vertical axis turbines that would use magnetic levitation to reduce friction.

Wind turbines inside power line towers – a prizewinner

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2009 by highboldtage

Wind turbines inside power line towers – a prizewinner

A French team of an engineer and two architects have won this year’s prestigious Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize for “Wind-it,” a design to place wind turbines inside existing high-voltage electricity pylons.

http://urlet.com/greedy.genie

http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/wind-turbines-inside-power-line-towers-a-prizewinner/

Cape Cod Wind Farm Gets U.S. Environmental Approval

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by highboldtage

Cape Cod Wind Farm Gets U.S. Environmental Approval

By Daniel Whitten and Catherine Dodge

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — The Interior Department gave environmental approval for a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, over the objections of Senator Edward Kennedy and other residents.

Final federal approval to build the 130 windmills, the first in U.S. waters, wouldn’t be granted for at least 30 days, after President-elect Barack Obama takes office. The Interior Department’s finding is one of about 20 federal, state and local permits or authorizations needed.

Supporters call the project, under review since 2001, an important step toward developing renewable energy. Opponents say it may cause radar interference to boats and planes and spoil the ocean views from Cape Cod.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=ak8T3fYNdHPI&refer=us

Nicaragua Opts for Wind Power

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by highboldtage

Nicaragua Turns To Wind Power, Builds 19 Windmills
Managua – nergy-starved Nicaragua is turning to wind as it tries to reduce its dependence on oil-based power. In January, the country will begin operating 19 windmills that have the potential to generate 40 megawatts of energy.

Energy Minister Emilio Rappaccioli said the us$90 million project will be operating at full capacity by the end of January and contribute 6 percent of the country’s total energy needs.

http://insidecostarica.com/dailynews/2008/december/29/reg02.htm

Humboldt Empowerment – Oceanic Wind Farm

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2008 by highboldtage

Humboldt Empowerment Project 

GOAL:  Electrical energy self sufficiency (independence) for Humboldt County using a renewable source within five years. 

MEANS:  A wind turbine farm placed in a ten mile square at sea twenty miles offshore on floating barge platforms with the electricity collected onshore in one or more stations..  On 500′ centers this will comprise +/- 11,100 turbines. 

ECONOMIC NOTES:  Turbines and barges to be assembled locally in Humboldt County.  This project should result in 500 or more local good paying jobs for welders, assemblers and mariners.  If production starts in one year, we need to produce 10 barges per day to complete the project in 5 years. 

ENGINEERING NOTES:  Barges should be plug and play, towed out to sea for production and towed to port for maintenance.  Barges, power transmission and anchors should be engineered to survive a 10,000 year tsunami.   

ENVIRONMENTAL NOTES:  Possible effect on seabirds.  Possible effect on fish and marine mammals.  Wind power production at this scale may alter global wind patterns.  Possible conflict with marine shipping routes and fishing zones. 

BENEFITS:  Bountiful electric supply for Humboldt produced locally with a small carbon load, a boost to the local economy through cheaper power and good jobs, and a power plant that is very secure against disaster or attack.  Humboldt County will be a world pioneer in wind power energy production.