Great Lakes Science Center Installs Wind Turbine
Photo Credit: Fletcher Miller
GLSC Web Site [CLICK HERE]
GEO Statement on Installation - May 4, 2006 - Following GLSC News Release Below
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Eco City Cleveland's Green City on a Blue Lake story & blog on GLSC Wind Turbine [CLICK HERE]
Great Lakes Science Center - News Release - May 4, 2006 - The first Cleveland lakefront wind turbine is currently being installed on the front lawn of the Great Lakes Science Center. Originally a community project of Leadership Cleveland and Sustainable Cleveland, the turbine is made possible through collaboration with The Cleveland Foundation, Parker Hannifin Corporation and the Lubrizol Corporation. The Science Center intends to use the turbine as an accessible and tangible way to demonstrate wind power technology, create a greater public awareness of renewable energy and educate its visitors and the public about the benefits of alternative energy for our region. "We are delighted to see the installation of the first wind turbine on the southern shores of Lake Erie in front of our wonderful Science Center. We hope this will be the harbinger of a new advanced energy manufacturing industry which will help secure Northeast Ohio's future economic prosperity," said Ronald B. Richard, president and chief executive officer of The Cleveland Foundation.
The turbine is expected to provide an estimated seven percent of the Science Center's annual electrical needs, but energy cost-saving is not the primary objective according to Science Center President and Executive Director Linda Abraham-Silver. "The project brings our mission of demonstrating the interrelationship between science, the environment and technology to life," said Abraham-Silver. "We decided to install the turbine on our front lawn for its visibility, for pedestrians visiting North Coast Harbor attractions, motorists on the Shoreway and downtown workers and visitors. We want to raise awareness, engage curiosity and encourage discussion, just as we do with our indoor signature exhibits and programs." The Science Center is also developing related exhibits for indoor installation including interpretive panels on the science and technology of the turbine, an example turbine blade, and a touch screen kiosk with visitor friendly interface providing both real-time and historical data visualizations. Kiosk data visualizations include wind speed, power generated over time, and the amount of carbon dioxide not generated for the power equivalent.
Cleveland Public Power and Phillips Electric are performing the necessary electrical work, which will take approximately one week to 10 days to complete. Once power is established and the pole, engine and blades are installed, the turbine will be tested, balanced and started. This will take an additional week, weather permitting. The turbine needs a breeze of eight miles per hour (mph) to generate power and at 31 mph it achieves its peak output of 225 kilowatts. The turbine?s total height is about 150 feet which makes it approximately 60 feet taller than the Science Center and approximately 13 feet shorter than the Browns Stadium.
Cleveland Public Art (CPA) in partnership with the Science Center commissioned New York artists Allan and Ellen Wexler to create a permanent educational public art installation surrounding the wind turbine. Together, the turbine and artwork will make a powerful visual statement about Northeast Ohio's growing commitment to environmental sustainability. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer with completion anticipated in the fall.
The Great Lakes Science Center, now in its tenth year, is one of the nation?s leading science and technology museums, featuring more than 400 signature hands-on exhibits, themed traveling exhibitions, daily demonstrations and the awe-inspiring OMNIMAX® Theater. The Science Center is open daily 9:30AM to 5:30PM with discounted parking for guests in the attached 500-car garage. For more information, contact the Science Center at 216 694-2000 or visit www.GreatScience.com Contact: Alison Battaglia, Vice President, Development and Marketing
Statement by Bill Spratley, executive director of Green Energy Ohio, about the new Great Lakes Science Center wind turbine in Cleveland - 5/4/2006
On behalf of Green Energy Ohio, we applaud the Great Lakes Science Center's leadership in advancing clean, wind energy in Ohio by installing a substantial wind turbine and furthering public education about wind power as we work toward a sustainable energy future.
Not since the days of the 1890s when the world's first-ever wind turbine invented by Charles Brush and producing electricity for 12 years on Euclid Avenue has Cleveland witnessed wind power in action. We believe Cleveland today can again be a leader in manufacturing modern wind turbines, as well as educating a public starved for energy produced at reasonable prices in our own nation.
As the local host for SOLAR 2007, the national solar conference coming to downtown Cleveland in July 2007, Green Energy Ohio looks forward to the Science Center's new installations and exhibits as a renewable energy showcase for the conference theme: "Sustainable Energy Puts America to Work!"
GEO is also anxious to learn about the wind resource data from the new GLSC lakeshore wind turbine compared to the wind speed and wind power data being collected on the Water Crib wind monitoring tower 3.5 miles offshore - the highest elevation wind test in any of the Great Lakes. GEO will be releasing the initial 6 months of wind data from the Crib test in the next several weeks along with an update of other land-based wind power tests to improve the Ohio Wind Resource map.
GEO Wind Energy Web Pages [CLICK HERE]
Ohio Wind Working Group [CLICK HERE]
Photo Credit: Fletcher Miller