Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tapping the Power of Wind Energy in Coastal Delaware
The University of Delaware's 2-megawatt wind turbine generates clean power and represents an important contribution to renewable energy development in the United States.
Using wind power reduces our use of fossil fuels, which can produce several pollutants when burned to generate electricity. As a result, wind energy helps to maintain a clean environment and protect human health.
This turbine provides pollution-free electricity for the university's entire Hugh R. Sharp Campus. A typical turbine of this size can power about 500 average homes.
At times, the turbine generates more than enough power for the campus, which houses UD's College for Earth, Ocean, and Environment. When that happens, the excess power is fed to the City of Lewes' electric grid at wholesale cost. There is no additional cost to Lewes consumers for this clean energy.
In addition to providing clean energy, the turbine allows researchers and students to study corrosion from salt spray, wildlife impacts, and other science, engineering, and policy
Anemometer - detects wind speed and direction for operating nacelle
Gearbox and generator - convert mechanical energy into electricity
Blades - rotate in response to the wind and are attached to the rotor hub; rotor is programmed to operate at wind speeds between 8 and 56 mph
Rotor hub - connected to a gearbox and generator inside the nacelle
Nacelle - houses the mechanical and electrical components of the turbine; sits on a rotating axis that allows it to spin and face the direction of the wind
Tower - used to elevate the nacelle, hub, and blades to reach stronger winds
Model: Gamesa G90
Tower height: 256 feet
Blade length: 144 feet
Total weight: 310 tons
Blade material: epoxy reinforced with carbon and glass fibers
Speed: 9-19 revolutions per minute
Component construction: tower and blades were manufactured and nacelle was assembled in the United States
Commission Date: June 11, 2010
Visit www.ceoe.udel.edu/LewesTurbine to learn more about the wind turbine.
Erected by University of Delaware; Gamesa; The City of Lewes, Delaware.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Environment • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the University of Delaware 🎓 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 11, 2010.
Location. 38° 47.085′ N, 75° 9.793′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Park Road south of Pilottown Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. University of Delaware (approx. 0.2 miles away); The De Vries Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); deVries Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Home of Major Henry Fisher (approx. 0.4 miles away); Maull House (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. George African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Station Master's House (approx. one mile away); Harbeson Railroad Station Privy (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Also see . . . UD's Wind Turbine. (Submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 3, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.