Urban Green Energy follows in this blog a pilot project they have set up with the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Please continue reading to find out more about the project.
- January 27, 2010 - Project Announcement
- February 19, 2010 - Anemometer Installation
- February 24, 2010 - Checking the Anemometer
- March 10, 2010 - Checking the Wind Speeds
- April 2, 2010 - Making a Decision
January 27, 2010 - Project Announcement
Urban Green Energy is proud to announce that we have been selected as the manufacturer for a pilot project involving small wind turbines in New York City. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) will verify that small wind turbines are a viable, reliable, and safe renewable energy solution in urban environments, such as New York City.
Our engineers surveyed various sites to ensure that the turbine would be placed in a location which received appropriate winds and aptly resembled an urban application. The team chose a two-story building in Hunts Point, Bronx, an area which receives fairly consistent winds from the North. Our engineers will soon install an anemometer to confirm that the area is suitable for a wind turbine and to record wind measurements which will allow the NYCEDC to compare the turbines' true output to its expected power production. The goal is to install a UGE-1K vertical axis wind turbine in the early days of the summer.
February 19, 2010 - Anemometer Installation
Our engineers arrived today at the site, braving the cold winds of February in order to install the anemometer. After debating the possible locations on the roof on which to install the anemometer, the team decided on a spot near where the turbine should be in a few months. Upon verifying that the anemometer was functioning properly the team left the equipment and will return to collect the first set of data within a week.
February 24, 2010 - Checking the Anemometer
Only a few days after the installation, our engineers returned to ensure that the data collection system was working properly. Analyzing the data taken over these first few days, we noticed strong variability in the winds, which reached velocities well over 6 m/s on some days while also experiencing some calm periods. Altogether, average wind velocities close to 5 m/s left us satisfied with the results, as our turbines' low cut-in speed would allow it to work well in this location.
March 10, 2010 - Checking the Wind Speeds
The team came back to once again check on the equipment and take note of the data thus far recorded. The first thing which struck our engineers while analyzing the data, again, was the strong variability of the winds, with 24-hour averages ranging from 1.5 m/s to over 6 m/s. Wind variability is actually a good quality for wind turbine sites, particularly when the average wind velocity remains high. The positive result gives us increased confidence in the viability of the site. We will continue monitoring the anemometer over the next few weeks as we confirm a final decision. Please stay tuned!
April 2, 2010 - Making a Decision
After being forced to postpone the latest visit to the site due to the inclement weather in New York City, our engineers were reunited with the anemometer on a beautiful spring day. As those in the northeast will know, the past few weeks have seen numerous storms hitting the area, bringing with them incredible wind speeds which have swept us off our feet!
After verifying that our anemometer had survived the severe conditions, our engineers downloaded the data from the anemometer’s memory. The windy days of the past weeks, together with the nearly-constant breeze blowing through the rooftop had led to very decent readings. At this point, we feel confident enough in the measurements to say that the site meets the necessary conditions for our turbine to function well. We are now prepared to move forward with the installation of the turbine, and will keep you updated as that advances!