Green Energy Ohio To Study Wind On Lake Erie
Tallest Wind Energy Monitoring Tower on the Great Lakes
to Be Installed by Helicopter Monday on Lake Erie near Cleveland
(GEO News Release - Cleveland - July 22) Green Energy Ohio today announced the scheduled installation of the tallest wind- monitoring tower on the Great Lakes in order to determine the technical viability of offshore wind turbines to generate clean electricity. The non-profit clean energy advocate will complete the installation Monday morning. The study will last two years, during which time Green Energy Ohio (GEO) will organize a series of public meetings to discuss wind power on the lake.
A "heavy lift" helicopter will lower a 125 foot, nearly 6000 lb galvanized tower in two sections onto the 50 foot high Cleveland water intake crib located about three miles north of the Lake Erie shoreline at 9th Street. Workers will secure it with six heavy-duty guy lines so that the tower can withstand the worst of winter storms.
The tower will be outfitted with six, ten foot long booms that will support wind speed, direction and temperature sensors at three different heights. In addition, temperature, rainfall, humidity and other data will be recorded by a full weather station at the bottom of the tower.
"All of the data will be beamed to shore for archiving and analysis," said GEO board member and project manager, AAron Godwin. "Near real-time weather data, including a live camera view of the lake and city, will be available to the public as well as historical data about the water crib."
He said the project is not a mandate for installing wind turbines in the lake. "It is meant to provide meteorological data that can be used in an overall assessment of the technical, economic, social and environmental viability of wind-generated electricity on Lake Erie," said Godwin.
GEO board member Fletcher Miller said volunteers have been working on the project for several years and that the water crib makes it all possible. "The 100 year-old water crib truly is a gift from the past," said Miller. "We are privileged that the City of Cleveland has allowed access to it. Without it, the study wo uld probably have cost more than one million dollars instead of the approximate $80,000 budgeted," he said.
"In the 1940's the Kirtland Intake Crib had one of the first offshore wind turbines in the country. Today, the City of Cleveland is proud to support Green Energy Ohio's efforts as they continue the legacy of green energy pioneering," said Mayor Jane L. Campbell.
Generous support for the wind monitoring which is Phase I of the project has been provided by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Steffee Foundation, and the City of Cleveland. GEO Executive Director, Bill Spratley said he is anxious to launch a second step.
"Green Energy Ohio is currently seeking Phase II support that would provide the additional educational compone nts such as distant learning, web development, and stakeholders events," he said.
GEO Board Member and Project Manager Green Energy Ohio
Ph: (216) 832-1931 AAron@GreenEnergyOhio.org
Dr. Fletcher Miller, GEO Board MemberGreen Energy Ohio
Ph: (216) 251-6865 Fletcher@GreenEnergyOhio.org
Wind power is the fastest growing source of electricity in the world, and is being used successfully in many areas of the United States. Europe currently is the leader in wind energy, with many new off-shore installations coming on line. Energy produced from wind is nonpolluting (hence the term "green"), reliable, and has no associated fuel costs (the wind is free).
On June 24, at a Utility Scale Wind Seminar in Cleveland, sponsored by GEO, the City of Cleveland and the Ohio Wind Working Group, several national experts discussed the current and future prospects for off-shore wind, including an initial overview of off-shore wind power development in Lake Erie.
Green Energy Ohio has conducted similar wind studies in the past with partners such as Lake Farmpark, a Lake County Metropark, Bowling Green Municipal Utility District, and the Congregation of St. Joseph on Cleveland's West Side. At Lake Farmpark the study raised awareness of wind as an energy resource and helped establish the location for a 20 kilowatt wind turbine furnished by First Energy along with a full informational display. In Bowling Green, the municipal utility, in partnership with AMP-Ohio and Green Mountain Energy Company, has installed four of the largest wind turbines in the United States - with additional turbines planned - and is generating clean power. The study with the Congregation of St. Joseph is continues.
In 2005, Green Energy Ohio, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Ohio
Department of Development, launched a statewide effort to monitor winds at heights of 320 feet, to accommodate power output predictions for new, larger wind turbines. Two towers have been outfitted with instruments, and four more are planned. The data from these tall towers and the water crib project will be used to help validate the new Ohio wind map released last year by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (see GEO website for a link to the map). That map predicted the best wind resource in the state to be over Lake Erie, followed by northwest Ohio.
About Green Energy Ohio (GEO).
Headquartered in Columbus, GEO is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally and economically sustainable energy policies and practices in Ohio. Founded in Cleveland as Sustainable Energy for Economic Development (SEED) in 1995, the organization changed its name to Green Energy Ohio in 2000 when it took the message of sustainable energy statewide. GEO promotes renewable energy by acting as a clearinghouse to inform Ohioans about sustainable energy, conducts independent research on sustainable energy, and sponsors a wide variety of conferences, workshops, and seminars to educate the public about sustainable energy. For more information on the Crib or Tall Towers projects, as well as other GEO initiatives and past wind monitoring efforts, please visit the GEO website at www.greenenergyohio.org
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