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Power from the Wind

Sustainable Solutions: Residential Wind Turbines

 
 
Power from the Wind Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2011
1. Power from the Wind Marker
Inscription.
This Skystream 3.7 residential turbine is a new generation of wind generator that hooks directly to your home to reduce or eliminate your monthly electric bill. Itís designed to provide quiet, clean electricity in very low winds.

How can a wind turbine convert wind power into electricity?
In areas of sufficient sustained wind, the rotor is turned in the same manner as a windmill. The rotating center pole (as seen here, can be either on vertical or horizontal axis) is attached to a generator containing strong magnets and coils inside. As the magnets rotate around the coils of copper wire, a magnetic field is created, which induces an electric current. The current is converted to useful AC current or DC current for battery-charging.

How much electricity does a residential-scale wind turbine produce?
A wind turbine produces different amounts of electricity at different wind speeds. At higher sustained wind speeds, more energy is produced (for reasons of safety, residential turbines are limited to a maximum velocity). The energy generated from a wind turbine depends on the “windiness” of your site as measured by both the sustained wind speed and annual seasonal variability of the wind. With this information, it is possible to calculate an estimate of the amount of energy you will generate
Washington DC Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2011
2. Washington DC Marker
over a year.
 
Erected by Department of Energy.
 
Location. 38° 53.312′ N, 77° 0.793′ W. Marker is in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Maryland Avenue SW west of 1st Street SW, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of the United States Botanic Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Green Roof Engineering (a few steps from this marker); Green Roof Plants (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pollinator Partnership (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Garden Takes Root (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Power from the Wind (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Botanic Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rose Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); James A. Garfield (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Capitol Hill.
 
Categories. Man-Made Features
 
Marker at the Botanic Garden image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2011
3. Marker at the Botanic Garden
Wind Turbine image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 11, 2011
4. Wind Turbine
This wind turbine is located next to the Power from the Wind marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 460 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 19, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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