Target: Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, David Onley
Goal: Support the Canadian company Noble Energy Systems for its plans to build the world’s first vertical wind turbine complex in Ontario.
The Ontario-based company Noble Energy Systems has proposed a 35-unit utility grade vertical wind turbine plant to be built on Pea Patch Ridge of Garrett County. Vertical wind turbines (VWTs) are much smaller than the traditional horizontal design, allowing more power to be harvested from the same amount of land, depending on geography and wind patterns. Support Noble Energy Systems’ progressive development of this site to generate clean emissions-free electricity.
According to the Noble Energy Systems website, only one traditional horizontal wind turbine could be placed at Pea Patch Ridge, generating approximately 2MW and being visible for miles around. Conversely, the energy company’s 35 VWTs will generate 35-40MW. “As a typical Western Maryland mountain top, it is the perfect site to construct our first wind park,” states the website. “This energy complex will not be visible except from adjacent ridge lines. Regardless, these relatively small VWTs (vertical wind turbines) will be camouflaged to fit into the surrounding environment.” The company estimates the cost of the project to be around $45 million and that construction will begin in May of 2013.
The energy generated by vertical wind turbines is derived from wind currents pushing nine rectangular sails. These connect to the central generator turbine, which rotates at 250 t0 300 revolutions per minute. Noble Energy Systems has contacted the chairman of the department of physics and engineering at Frostburg University, Mohammed Eltayeb, according to director of News and Media Services at FSU, Liz Medcalf. The Canadian company wishes for the faculty and staff to conduct their own testing on the new turbines. Medcalf said testing has not occurred yet and that the department is still in discussions.
Noble Energy Systems is advancing renewable wind generation technology through its implementation of the Pea Patch Ridge site. Developments such as this are an example to other utilities and energy companies, and will spur growth of better, more efficient wind turbines in the future. The 35MW of clean energy this new farm generates will provide customers in the area with a new alternative to dirty fossil fuel-generated electricity and help keep Ontario’s atmosphere pure. Sign this petition to ask Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley to support Noble Energy Systems and its Pea Patch Ridge project.
Dear Lieutenant Governor Onley,
Noble Energy Systems of Ontario has proposed to build 35 vertical wind turbines at Pea Patch Ridge of Garrett County. These turbines are much smaller than traditional horizontal models, and generate energy through nine rectangular, upright sails that capture the wind’s energy and spin a central generating turbine. This is a new technology and the Pea Patch Ridge site will be the first of its kind. When completed, the new plant will generate 35-40MW of clean emissions-free energy.
Noble Energy Systems is advancing renewable wind generation technology through its implementation of the Pea Patch Ridge site. Developments such as this are an excellent example to other utilities, and will spur growth of better, more efficient wind turbines in the future. I urge you to support Noble Energy Systems and its new Pea Patch Ridge vertical wind turbine project.
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