When we think of rooftop renewable energy, solar immediately comes to mind. However, wind micro-turbines can also be placed on a roof. Intel knows all about it. The company recently installed one of the world’s largest wind micro-turbine arrays on the roof of its headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
Intel installed 58 micro-turbines that are between 6 and 7 feet tall, weighing about 30 pounds. The micro-turbines are what’s called a proof-of-concept project, meaning that the company hopes to collect data to provide a better understanding of green power. Intel plans to share the data collected with local utilities, other companies, the wind power industry and other interested parties.
The micro-turbines prove that bigger really isn’t always better. Their small size means that they are versatile in their uses and applications. They are expected to generate power about 65 percent of the time, or 65 kilowatt-hours. They have been installed on the roof’s edge in order to best capture the wind and provide optimized power generation. There is enough room for solar panels, which are also installed on the roof.
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"Our renewable purchase is just one part of a multi-faceted approach to protect the environment, and one that we hope spurs additional development and demand for renewable energy," said Intel director of global utilities and infrastructure, Marty Sedler.
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