Wind Turbines and Radar Siting and Barrier Mitigation Wind plant installations offer lower electricity rates, reduce greenhouse emissions and improve air quality. However, like any form of energy installation, they impact surrounding areas. As the number of large wind plants in the the U.S. grows, the potential for wind turbines to interfere with radar missions … Continue reading Siting and Barrier Mitigation – Sandia Energy
Wind Turbine Visibility and Visual Impact Threshold Distances Robert Sullivan | Visual Resource Analysis, Argonne National Laboratory' Field observation of wind facilities in western landscapes revealed that the facilities were visible at distances of 36 mi (58 km) in both daytime and nighttime views, and were found a major focus of visual attention at distances of … Continue reading Wind Turbine Visibility and Visual Impact Threshold Distances
Swept Area and Rated Power The power output of a wind turbine is directly related to the area swept by the blades. The larger the diameter of its blades, the more power it is capable of extracting from the wind. Rotor Diameter – This number is listed on most wind turbine spec sheets. It is simply … Continue reading Calculate the Sweep Area of Turbine Blades.
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 … Continue reading Useful Tools