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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.
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/
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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.
Windmill Failures Nearly 120 wind turbines catch fire each year, according to a research - ten times the number reported by the industry. The researchers claim that out of 200,000 turbines around the world, 117 fires take place annually - far more than what is reported by wind farm companies. Fire has a huge financial impact on the industry; Each wind turbine costs more than £2 million and generates an estimated income of more than £500,000 per year. Any loss or downtime of these valuable assets makes the industry less viable and productive. Fires are a problem for the industry, impacting on energy production, economic output and emitting toxic fumes, this could cast a shadow over the industry’s green credentials. Wind turbines catch fire because highly flammable materials such as hydr...
*Facts about Altamont wind farm: - Altamont Pass is still the largest concentration of wind turbines in the world, with a capacity of 576 megawatts (MW), producing about 125 MW on average and 1.1 terawatt-hours (TWh) yearly. http://www.eoearth.org/article/Altamont_Pass,_California *California's wind farm: -In the year 2004, wind energy in California produced 4,258 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, about 1.5 percent of the state's total electricity. That's more than enough to light a city the size of San Francisco. -More than 13,000 of California's wind turbines, or 95 percent of all of California's wind generating capacity and output, are located in three primary regions: Altamont Pass (east of San Francisco - a portion of which is shown on the right in this photo from NREL), Tehac...
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...
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.
California’s Altamont Pass wind farms are famous for killing hundreds of raptors each year, including an estimated 35 golden eagles. Biologists are studying how golden eagles fly through the wind farms. The information is helping companies place their wind turbines out of the birds’ way. For background on birds and wind turbines in the Altamont Pass, watch this QUEST story from 2007: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtgBWNKwBkE
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).
Wind turbine technicians inspect, diagnose, adjust, repair and maintain wind turbines. This may involve resolving electrical, mechanical and hydraulic malfunctions. For more information on this occupation see www.alis.alberta.ca/occinfo.
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