Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Invest in vertical-axis wind turbines for America’s urban communities
In the United Kingdom, engineers have developed vertical-axis wind turbines, intended specifically to provide urban communities with renewable wind energy. The first prototype for the “urban turbine” has been installed at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. McCamley is the firm responsible for the new design.
According to Popular Mechanics, the vertical-axis turbine is the urban answer to horizontal-axis turbines seen dotting countryside landscapes across the US. Enormous propellers make this style of turbine impossible in densely-populated cities. One of its most redeeming features is that the urban turbine can be installed on the roof of a city building. It does not require the broad base of infrastructure that a horizontal turbine needs for support.
McCamley experts explain that while traditional horizontal turbines rely on steady wind speeds, the new vertical model is able to utilize gusting winds of varying speeds, like those commonly found in cities. Specifically, while traditional turbines stop spinning when wind speed reaches two meters per second or less, urban turbines have the ability to keep moving and generating power.
President Barack Obama has vowed to invest in renewable energy sources throughout the course of his second term. So far, the U.S. is showing increased investment in sustainable power, especially wind power. However, that improvement could increase dramatically if the Obama administration were to invest in technology that would provide wind power to major urban areas. Ask Obama to invest in research and development of urban turbines in the United States.
Dear President Obama,
In the United Kingdom, engineers have developed a vertical-axis wind turbine intended for use in urban communities. While traditional horizontal-axis wind turbines would be impossible to install in densely-populated cities, due to their enormous propeller blades and broad base support structures, urban turbines are narrow and can be installed atop city buildings.
The design for the vertical-axis urban turbine was created by the McCamley company, and the first prototype has been installed at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. By investing in this state of the art technology, the United States can truly show leadership in the realm of renewable energy efficiency.
So far this year, your administration has shown initiative in its investment in renewable energy resources, especially wind energy. However, funding research and development of urban wind energy will vastly increase America’s overall ratio of renewable resource usage. Please consider investment in the vertical-axis urban turbine.
[Your Name Here]
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