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Southeast of San Francisco, on the way out to California's Central Valley, thousands of wind turbines dot the landscape of Altamont Pass. Mounted both in rows and individually, machines with large propellers catch the wind, turning round and round at different speeds. Learn how wind energy is generated and stored for use in this most peculiar area, and its impact on living things both near and far.
Join Peter Coye as he shares the journey that led him to start California Energy and Power, producer of one of the most efficient vertical axis wind turbines in the world. cal-epower.com/ Score by poptartpete poptartpete.bandcamp.com
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Down Wind is the explosive documentary that examines Ontario's controversial rush into industrial wind farm development. Produced by Surge Media, Down Wind exposes how this Canadian provinces' green energy dream turned into a nightmare for rural residents forced to live among the towering 50 storey turbines. We hear searing, personal stories of people experiencing mysterious health problems, insomnia, depression, even thoughts of suicide; their lives turned upside down by the constant noise and vibrations given off by the massive wind turbines. The documentary also reveals the staggering economic costs of these wind farms to taxpayers with huge subsidies going to big wind corporations. And how inside connections have made some government cronies wealthy, while rural communities suffer. The...
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Let the turbines hit the desert floor. Let the turbines hit the desert floor. Let the turbines hit the desert floor. Let the turbines hit the... desert floor! On Monday November 21, 2016 a 500-foot-tall wind turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility collapsed in the morning, spewing debris and three blades each weighing many tons across the desert floor. The cause of this failure is still being investigated. Perhaps a blade came loose and struck the tower - causing it to bend? Maybe the transmission/gears suddenly jammed and the force of the spinning blade suddenly stopping was too much for the tower to handle? Note that it was NOT exceptionally windy at the time of the collapse. Also, the tower did NOT bend at a seam.
Everyone who drives from LA to Palm Springs notices the thousands of wind turbines on the western end of the Coachella Valley. This area is known as the San Gorgonio Pass and is the second windiest place in the country. Cool pacific coastal air is forced through the pass and mixes with the hot desert air, making the San Gorgonio Pass one of only three ideal places in California for steady, wind-generated electricity. Music "Almost Summer" by freestockmusic.com (used under license).
This video covers Interstate 10 through San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm on both direction during golden hour. Songs: 1. Whitenake - The Deeper the Love 2. The Rippingtons ft. Russ Freeman - Stories of the Painted Desert DISCLAIMER: THE SONGS USED IN THIS VIDEO BELONGS TO THE RESPECTFUL OWNERS. NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED. Recorded with Sony HDR-PJ540. Edited with CyberLink PowerDirector 14. Join many other road videographers at FreewayJim Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/96206174878/
Increasingly popular as alternative sources of energy, wind turbine generators are a type of windmill that produces electricity by harnessing the wind. Wind turbine generators are much less harmful to the environment than burning fossil fuels, but they do require average wind speeds of at least 21 km/h (13 mph). The largest of these windmills stands 150 feet tall with blades half the legend of a football field. The compartments at the top containing the generator, hub and gearbox weigh 30,000 to 45,000 pounds.
A wind farm or wind park is a group of wind turbines in the same location used to produce energy. A large wind farm may consist of several hundred individual wind turbines and cover an extended area of hundreds of square miles, but the land between the turbines may be used for agricultural or other purposes. A wind farm can also be located offshore. Many of the largest operational onshore wind farms are located in the United States and China. For example, the Gansu Wind Farm in China has a capacity of over 5,000 MW of power with a goal of 20,000 MW by 2020. The Alta Wind Energy Center in California, United States is the largest onshore wind farm outside of China, with a capacity of 1,020 MW. As of April 2013, the 630 MW London Array in the UK is the largest offshore wind farm in the world...
For an update on wind energy and birds in the Altamont Pass, watch this QUEST video from 2015: https://youtu.be/ipQGkR-Puf4 With California's ambitious renewable energy goal, the state needs wind power. But California's largest wind farm cluster at Altamont Pass unintentionally kills golden eagles, burrowing owls and other threatened birds. Now, wind companies, scientists and environmentalists are working to bird-proof these massive wind farms.