Vertical Turbines in an Urban Environment

In 2010, promoters and marketers agreed to construct a very visible power-generating project utilizing solar and wind in one of the busiest urban locations in the world – Times Square, New York.  The power generated from this installation would provide lighting for the Ricoh billboard in the center of Times Square, with excess power stored in large batteries for periods of no sunlight and calm winds.  At the inception of the project, photovoltaic panels had become fairly commonplace, but large vertical turbines utilizing wind resources to generate power had not been undertaken to this magnitude.  From an environmental standpoint, the reduction of 52 short tons of carbon dioxide per year was very attractive.  When CBI Consulting became involved…

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