Cape Wind Turbines Already To Old

Cape Wind Turbines Already To Old

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 May 4, 2013

Ocean Wind Project Already Old
Posted on May 4, 2013 at 10:48 am
Ocean Wind Project Already Old
The commercial land based wind industry in New England has had its share of turbine gear box failures. Land based turbine gear boxes have been failing at around three to five years at a cost of around one million per repair and again in another three to five years. Ocean wind turbines are double the cost. Every year improvements are made on the gear boxes and transmissions because of the history of the failures.

In March of 2010 the Nantucket ocean wind project announced it went into an agreement with a company to purchase 130 of its 3.6-Megawatt (MW) ocean wind turbines. Today three years later there is a new better rated 4.0-Megawatt ocean turbine that incorporates a higher rated gearbox and better generator cooling system.

It makes financial and economical sense to upgrade to the new better and bigger wind turbines.

The length of time to obtain permits could force a well intended investment into older type turbines and bypass the upgrades to expedite the permit process. Newer turbines have longer blades and hight. It's unclear if the introduction of a new wind turbine at this time would trigger another review of the project

Francesville, IN

#3 May 4, 2013
Ted Kennedy had 20 on his compound, yeah ?
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#5 May 5, 2013

Marine Commerce Terminal Groundbreaking is Monday
By Jim Phillips May 4, 2013 3:07 PM
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Gov. Deval Patrick is set to break the ground on a project whose manager says will be the first facility in the nation designed to support the construction, assembly and deployment of offshore wind projects.

Patrick and Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray are set to break the ground on the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal project Monday. The ceremony is scheduled for 10:30am in the South End.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the quasi-public agency that is building the project, hope the venture will be ready for use as the staging area for the Cape Wind offshore wind project.

Cape Wind officials have met Rhode Island authorities to discuss whether the port at Quonset, in North Kingstown, would be able to take on at least some of the work the offshore wind project developer planned to do in New Bedford.{Associated Press}
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#6 May 9, 2013
Quonset Point, Rhode Island already has four large heavy duty cranes capable of lifting commercial wind turbines.The cranes at Quonset Point were installed in the last three years with a 22.5 million dollar Tiger Grant from the federal government . The port in Rhode Island is already up and in operation. Rhode Island is ready for its ocean wind project.

Quonset Point is an old World War II base complete with an active air base on ocean port. Two of the largest ocean contractors in the world work out of Quonset.

The state of Massachusetts is well aware that Quonset Point is three years ahead of New Bedford. Massachusetts has a long history of being unable to complete public projects on time. Look at the big picture . On October 20,2010 three years ago it was announced the New Marine Commerce Terminal was about to start at a cost of 35 million. The only thing that happened in the last three years were announcements and now the terminal will cost 100 million.

In addition the twenty acre site in New Bedford is an old Brownfield site with the possibility of three buried 100,000 plus gallon fuel tanks, PCBs, and asbestos from a factory buried on site in the 1930s. Also there is 35 feet of ledge that has to be removed.

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