Kiosk at the base of the
Lamma Winds Nordex
N50/800kW wind turbine on Lamma Island with displays showing current power output and cumulative energy produced.
The Hancock County wind energy center in
The great majority of
wind turbines around the world belong to individuals or corporations who use them to generate electric power or to perform mechanical work. As such, wind turbines are primarily designed to be working devices. However, the large size and height above surroundings of modern industrial wind turbines, combined with their moving rotors, often makes them among the most conspicuous objects in their areas. A few localities have exploited the attention-getting nature of wind turbines by placing them on public display, either with visitor centers around their bases, or with viewing areas farther away. The wind turbines themselves are generally of conventional horizontal-axis, three-bladed design, and generate power to feed electrical grids, but they also serve the unconventional roles of technology demonstration, public relations, and education. [1 ]
Inner Mongolia's Huitengxile Wind Farm has 14 visitor centers to accommodate wind power tourists to the remote region [2 ]
Dorchester, Massachusetts - Local 103 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers installed the first commercial-scale wind turbine within the City of Boston, a 100 kW unit from Fuhrlaender on a 35-meter tower with rotor diameter of 21 meters, visible from the John F. Kennedy Library [6 ] The
Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio has a reconditioned Vestas V27 wind turbine with a nameplate capacity of 225 kW [7 ]
Great River Energy's headquarters in Maple Grove, Minnesota has a NEG Micon M700 wind turbine, visible from Interstate 94 [8 ] [9 ]
Laurel, New York has a Northern Power Systems 100 kW turbine at the Half Hollow Nursery and private tours of the operating turbine are provided by Eastern Energy Systems Inc. of Mattituck, New York.
Lubbock, Texas has a Vestas V47 at the American Wind Power Center
McKinney, Texas has a Wal-Mart store with several sustainability features, including two wind turbines manufactured by Bergey Windpower, of 1 kW and 50 kW nameplate capacity respectively [10 ]
Sweetwater, Texas has a 2 MW 60 Hz DeWind D8.2 prototype wind turbine for training students in the [11 ] Texas State Technical College wind energy program [12 ]
Wind turbines on public display
Observation deck [ edit ]
Some wind turbines on public display go one further, with
observation decks beneath their nacelles.
One wind turbine at
Windpark Holtriem. Type Enercon E-66 Visitor wind turbine
"Windfang" (German for "Wind Catcher") nearby Aachen. Type Enercon E-66 [15 ] Wind turbine
Südkronsberg on the Kronsberg hill near Hannover, Type Enercon E-66 [16 ] Netherlands
Another Enercon E-66 wind turbine with an observation deck belonging to
Ecotricity is in the English town of Swaffham.
Wind turbines with observation decks
's Ecotech centre, showing observation deck below nacelle
Closeup of the Enercon E-66 at Swaffham
Wind turbine with observation deck on Kronsberg hill near
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