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Wind Turbines

01 Jun

This is only the first of a collection of photos I will create over time of the new wind turbines north of Muenster, Texas.  This project began in April.  They are magnificent.  

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Posted by on June 1, 2008 in Black and White, Photography, Texas

 

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5 responses to “Wind Turbines

  1. BenB

    June 1, 2008 at 11:29 am

    I was reading somewhere on line that some kajillionaire in Texas is going to build the largest array of wind turbines in the world and that the expected output will equal that of a nuclear generating plant. Is THIS the place that it’s being built?

     
  2. wildstorm

    June 1, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    No, this is not the largest right now. I do not know as of yet how big this wind farm will be north of Muenster but I will writing more and posting photographs.

    The largest–Abilene Texas:
    “The turbines of Horse Hollow, the largest onshore wind farm in the world. Spread out across 100 acres, 421 rotors and their three giant arms rotate continuously, each one turning a three-step gearbox that activates a generator, each sweeping over an area larger than a football field. (Tyghe Trimble, Popular Mechanics, May 17, 2007 ).

     
  3. Ben

    June 5, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Okay. Well the one I have been reading about, I don’t think it’s been built yet. I don’t remember Texas being that windy, but then again, I haven’t been there in quite a long time. It’s a pretty cool state, though, as my travels in a semi going to farms all over these little towns in the middle of nowhere picking up loads of donated food for the hungry had me visiting some pretty incredible people.
    bb

     
  4. Jeff

    June 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I noticed your comments on having trouble getting the shot. I have served as a Construction Manager on 7 wind farms representing over 300 turbines. I have had a similar experience. The key is to get something in the shot to help represent a frame of reference much like your telephone pole. This is sometimes easier said than done. I have some great shots of turbines being erected that have people standing on the structure. E-mail me and I can send them to you.

     
  5. Jeff

    June 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t know if this interests you or not but here are a few facts to help develop an idea of the size of a wind mill.
    The rotor (propeller) weighs approximately 50 tons
    The nacelle (box on top of the pole) weighs about 85 tons without the rotor
    They are roughly 80 meters to the center hub in height
    The nacelle on top is about the size of a one car garage
    The spinner in the center of the rotor is large enough to hold 2-3 persons.
    At full rotation the thrust is equivalent to a 757 jet
    They can illuminate 20,000 100 watt light bulbs

    Hope that helps.

     

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