Wind turbines on public display

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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 Iowa

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 on their bases, or with viewing areas farther away.[1] 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.

Notable wind turbines on public display[edit]

Wind turbines on public display
Wattle Point Wind Farm's information centre 
Vestas V29 wind turbine at Beaufort Court, Kings Langley, UK 
Scroby Sands wind farm off the coast of Great Yarmouth, UK 
The NEG Micon M700 wind turbine at the Great River Energy headquarters in Maple Grove, Minnesota 
The Nordex N50 wind turbine and visitor centre of Lamma Winds in Hong Kong. 
WindShare 750 kW, direct drive, Lagerwey Wind model LW 52 wind turbine in Toronto, Ontario. 
Visitor Centre at Scroby Sands wind farm 

Observation deck[edit]

Some wind turbines on public display go one further, with observation decks beneath their nacelles. The observation decks are accessed with stairs inside the tower.

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Germany
    • One wind turbine at Windpark Holtriem. Type Enercon E-66
    • Visitor wind turbine "Windfang" (German for "Wind Catcher") nearby Aachen. Type Enercon E-66[17]
    • Wind turbine Südkronsberg on the Kronsberg hill near Hannover, Type Enercon E-66[18]
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
    • 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
Enercon E-66 at Swaffham's Ecotech centre, showing observation deck below nacelle 
Closeup of the Enercon E-66 at Swaffham 
Wind turbine with observation deck at Siemens plant in Zoetermeer 
Wind turbine with observation deck on Kronsberg hill near Hannover, Germany 


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