This past Wednesday, the weather, availability of the giant cranes, contractors and other factors finally aligned and enabled us to erect the remaining portion of our wind turbine. Here are a few photos to show you what “went down” (or up, rather).
First the third and final section of the tower had to be raised up and lowered into place. The tower is 98 feet tall.
Then the nacelle, which houses the gear box and generator (and is bigger than a truck) was bolted on top of the tower.
Here's a better shot of the full tower. Cables were used to help align the nacelle.
Next, the three 49-foot blades were attached to the hub and raised up.
Then with more careful alignment, the hub was attached to the nacelle.
With the structure in place, we are now waiting for the electric company to test and commission the turbine. Of course, we’ll let you know once it’s fully operational.
Welcome to our construction site!
Here's the alignment ring which is the same diameter as the turbine's column
The rebar in concrete
As these pictures show, construction on our wind turbine generator (WTG) has finally begun! The excavating was done last week, and this week S&S Forms started laying out the reinforcing bars. By the time they are done, there will be two dense layers of rebar – top and bottom of a five foot thick cement pad. In total, they are going to pour 188 yards of cement.
The actual turbine is going to ship from India on December 11 or the 18th, and from there it is 32 days on the water before it gets to Newark. I am expecting to have more photos towards the end of January of them putting everything together and putting it up.
As for the foundation, we will have photos of that being poured some time next week.
If you are interested in seeing the progress, go to http://hodgesbadge.viewnetcam.com for a live picture.
I know we’ve talked about a wind turbine here on the blog before, but I wanted to let you know about another piece of good news that will help us make our dream of being entirely wind powered a reality. Today Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri and the Office of Energy Resources announced that Hodges Badge Company has been awarded $156,250 in funding through the Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) State Energy Program.
The Governor himself said proposals “exceeded expectations,” as Rhode Islanders “thought creatively” in pursuing green energy projects.
We were one of 45 businesses, municipalities, organizations, and citizens awarded money, which was granted based on job hours generated by the project, total energy production, and cost effectiveness.
The 225 kilowatt turbine will be put up behind our Portsmouth factory and should cover 100 percent of our Rhode Island facility’s power needs, making Hodges the first manufacturer in Rhode Island to be entirely run by renewable energy.
Update: we are featured in a story in today’s (4/12) Providence Journal- click here.