Some Useful Tools Used.

Google Maps.

Google Map of Turbine Locations for the Summit Lake Project 

MiWaters Water Resources Information and Forms:

MiDEQ Waters Permits Online

Federal Aviation Administration, Obstruction Evaluation

FAA Search  – See Proposed FAA information HERE

Michigan Office of Aeronautics

Michigan Tall Structures and Met Towers 

NOAA Weather Radar Siting Tool

NOAA NEXRAD Screening Tool
Analysis of your proposed project’s impact on the NEXRAD radar network by using the new NOAA NEXRAD Screening Tool.

Surface Elevation Toollineofsite

The Surface Elevation Tool can be used to analyse the surface elevation profile from one point to another to determine line-of-sight.

NREL: Wind Prospector 

This GIS application supports resource assessment and data exploration for wind development.

Wind Turbine Shadow Calculator

Figure out the Shadow of an object over time.

Example: One Turbine just east of Mount Arvon. 

T32- Shadow
Latitude: 46° 45′ 29.86″ N Longitude: 88° 08′ 59.04″ W

Resilient Land Mapping Tool

Resilient Sites for Terrestrial Conservation in the Great Lakes and Tallgrass Prairie Region  – Report

Calculation/ Mathematical Tools:

Sweep Area of Blades  pi x Radius² = Area Swept by the Blades.

Metric Turbine Blade Tip Speed Calculator

Example of how to calculate blade tip speeds:

A 2.5 MW wind turbine has a diameter of 100 m. Therefore, the blade tip traces a circumference of 100 m times pi = 314.159 m / revolution. Using 16 revolutions per minute example, the calculations are:

  • 16 revolutions per minute x 314.159 m = 5026.55 m per minute
  • 5026 m per minute x 60 minutes per hour = 301,593 m per hour
  • 301,593 m per hour / 1,000 m per km = 302 km/h!

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2000 Wind Energy in Cold Climate Final Report presents an empirically derived equation for maximum throwing distance: The Equation only provides a rough estimate
of the risk zone:  = 1.5 x (hub height + rotor diameter)