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Even more about wind from Tidewater Current

A great resource from Tidewater Current about wind turbine options and news.


Speaking of wind power: A new manufacturer thinks its figured out the answers to these two questions with a new turbine design called the Windstrument. They’re hailing the product as “a truly affordable wind energy system,” that’s “quiet and powerful, bird safe, and scalable.”

Check out the Windstrument at Fast Company:

In nearly two years of trials, not a single bird was harmed by the device.

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.


Check out

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.

Many turbines can be added to a single pole, a configuration the company calls a “Windorchard.

Planning Commission recommends approval of CBF’s proposed wind turbines at PHP


The two wind turbines would be similar to those in place at Jockey’s Ridge State Park and Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C.

The Wind Turbine at Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Source: Karen Lackey
Bergey Excel-S wind turbines similar to one at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, N.C.

Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head NC Green Energy page.
Bergey Windpower.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park.

Hopefully CBF and SmithGroup JJR will far exceed the standard in the wind turbine they use so as to minimize bird conflicts since PHP is a vital stop in the Atlantic Flyway.

One example of a wind turbine that does not use blades.

Previously at about a wind turbine with no blades.

We aren’t architects nor wind turbine experts at SavePHP. Nor do we currently have the resources to research wind power that strives to exceed 2012 specifications particularly in reducing conflicts with birds that find PHP vital in their travels. We trust CBF & SmithGroup JJR will embrace their commitment to the Living Building Challenge philosophies in everything they do and create a world class facility at PHP that exceeds any similar facility on earth today.

Living Building Challenge provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment.

People who love PHP and want to ensure 100% of it is preserved are attending City Council meeting Tuesday Nov13

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:

Dear Citizens,

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 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.

Thank you.

Tree line in front of bus, on the right, is at risk of being cut down and replaced with duplexes. What kind of experience will that be for visitors to PHP and CBF’s facility?

“Instead of harvesting wind energy with rotating blades, the Saphonian uses a sort of round sail held in a frame.

A wind turbine design that might create less conflicts with birds for CBF’s magnificent facility?

Learn more at
Check out the Zero Blade Technology idea at Saphon Energy.

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.