The shape of the turbine’s blades are called conical helicoids, inspired by the design of racing sails and capable of sustaining their functionality even in fierce winds. And unlike other turbines, the Windstrument’s design disperses the air in such a way that birds don’t get sucked in. In nearly two years of trials in a wetland heavily populated by birds, not a single one was harmed.
The Windstrument is a affordable, flexible, bird safe, powerful, self-directing, scaleable wind turbine system with a unique add on power storage capability. The Windstrument was extensively tested in Jacobs/Ford Detroit wind tunnel and field tested for over 3 years in one of the harshest climates on earth.
You’ve heard about the horrible possibility of the proposed 40 foot wide Marlin Bay extension and the building on duplexes on an area of PHP you thought was preserved?
From a very concerned neighbor who is attending tomorrow night’s City Council Meeting:
Your attendance is requested at the City Council meeting this Tuesday 11/13/2012 at 6pm Bldg 1 2nd floor in support of blocking construction of Marlin Bay Drive Extension and the remaining undeveloped lots at Pleasure House Point.
City Council Chamber Municipal Center (2401 Courthouse Drive) Bldg 1 – 2nd Floor
1. The location of these 20 parcels and the negative impact of building on them, including the proposed massive extension of Marlin Bay Drive has just been made public. Certainly, all creative solutions to add this vital open space to PHP has not been exhausted! The creative solution does not necessarily include throwing cash at this effort.
2. Preserving the land will maximize the positive experience all visitors will have when visiting PHP and the experience educators and students will have when visiting the CBF facility particularly those coming from out of town and out of state.
3. Preserving these 20 lots and the land slated for Marlin Bay Extension will help achieve the 1997 ULI study goal of achieving/maintaining the much open space the Bayfront needs. (The roughly 40 acres of water preserved surely can’t count toward the ULI Study’s recommendations can it ?)
4. Preserving the land will help achieve the City’s TMDL goals. How? By reducing additional construction, including a 40-foot wide road, and by keeping the additional storm water flows from using the Pump Station.
5. Preserving the land will lower the risk of increased flooding in an area already located in the flood plain. How?
By not adding additional impervious service in a flood zone and by keeping the century-old live oak trees intact. The VBgov.com website lists live oaks as the city’s tree, able to withstand flooding, and able to drain the soil quickly.
6. Preserving the land will create a healthier environment for the City of Virginia Beach. The 2011 City of Virginia Beach State of the Urban Forest report lists Virginia Beach’s Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) 4 % below the recommended canopy coverage for cities in the Mid-Atlantic region. According to the study trees remove carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and other pollutants from the air saving the city over $4 million. Trees keep the air clean and the people’s lungs clean.
7. Preserving the land will eliminate destruction to the natural habitat/home of indigenous wildlife – keeping the area as an “outdoors” destination for locals and tourists bringing tourist dollars to Virginia Beach. Already the bird-watching community at PHP is growing. Besides destroying the immediate land, construction would cause noise pollution, driving the animals from the area.
Please come support the person/persons who will address city council. If you know others who may be interesting in coming to the city council meeting and
showing support this Tuesday at 6 pm, please pass this e-mail along and invite them via e-mail and/or word-of-mouth.
A wind turbine design that might create less conflicts with birds for CBF’s magnificent facility?
From TEDGLOBAL 2012 talk. No video yet:
Yes, there are still many questions to be answered, he acknowledges. But tests are promising and suggest that the system might be twice as efficient as the original system. “On top of that, it is bird-friendly, almost silent, and it offers a good visual integration into the landscape.”
Labaied concludes his short talk optimistically and poetically: “Some of you might think it’s too good to be true. but the history of human evolution has taught us that nothing is out of reach.