|Charleston Area news & wind turbines -
By Rita Riley
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Speaking of the coast, we learned a few months ago about the new wind turbine testing facility to be built on the former Charleston Naval Base. This month, we read in the Post & Courier (8/6) about a cost saving monitor which may help find the site for offshore turbines. Up in Georgetown (near Myrtle B), researchers on a platform at the mouth of the Winyah Bay hoisted the meterorological equivalent of a boom box, a new device that measures wind speeds using sound (shooting hi-frequency chirps into the air which are barely audible).. It costs about $50,000 and weighs 500 lbs. If successful, the novel device could dramatically reduce up-front costs for new offshore wind farms!. Data collected by the monitor also could help pinpoint a place off SC where winds are strong enough to turn generator blades the size of commercial jet. (A consortium led by Santee Cooper is exploring the feasibility of installing 40 turbines off the Carolina Coast. Mean-while, Clemson Univ’s Restoration Inst will break ground this fall on a $400Mil turbine test lab at the old Charleston Navy base. The article also said that winds off SC could generate 3.5 gigawatts of power, according to the Savannah Rivere National Lab. That’s equivalent to 6 large coal plants or enough electric to power 1.75 Mil homes.
Many of the owners of Fripp Island Properties or their seasonal rental guests visit the Charleston area - especially during the summer months. The former shipyard is in an area of Charleston on the waterfront where tourists frequent.
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