CleanTech OC Daily - 4/11/12

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Corkscrew wind turbine brings juice to Indians stadium
The Cleveland Indians MLB stadium is the site for an experimental helix-shaped wind turbine. The design  is an experiment in boosting wind speed to make wind energy viable in low-wind locations. The Progressive Field installation, designed by Cleveland State University  professor Majid Rashidi, is 40’ tall, has an 18’ wide helix turbine, and will be tested for one year – it is expected to generate 40,000 kilowatt-hours, enough for about 4 US homes.

In 2007 U.S. Department of Agriculture launched a renewable energy program that would provide funding to support wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric projects on U.S. farms and rural businesses. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) helps farmers and small business owners invest in renewable energy technology and ultimately benefit from the cost effectiveness of energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. highlights six impressive sustainable renovations from around the world that are former industrial or factory buildings.

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