Friday, October 21, 2011

Wind turbine construction time-lapse video: University of Minnesota

This is a time-lapse video of the September 2011 construction of a wind turbine at the University of Minnesota Eolos Wind Energy Research Station at UMore Park in Rosemount, Minn. The turbine tower is 263 feet tall. The height of the base of the tower to the tip of the blade is approximately 415 feet.

The University of Minnesota was one of three university consortia to be awarded a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wind energy research grant in 2009. The $7.9 million award to the University's St. Anthony Falls Laboratory in the College of Science and Engineering, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), supports an academy-industry consortium focused on wind energy research and education activities. It also includes construction of the U.S.-made 2.5 megawatt Clipper Liberty wind turbine. The Wind Energy Research Station will host not only active consortium research, but also education and training of next generation wind industry workers to help further the national goal to increase wind power to 20 percent by 2030.

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