Harnessing the oldest source of energy in the world, wind power, is one of the more earth-friendly approaches to powering our busy world. The installation of wind turbines provides a way to control wind power without toxic waste, environmental cleanup, or pipelines. In addition, turbines require no water like other power plants. In fact, using energy produced by wind turbines is equal to saving about 35 billion gallons of water each year, according to the American Wind Energy Association.
Earlier this year, MidAmerican Energy, Iowa's largest energy company, posted a fantastic video summarizing the full installation of a wind turbine. Check out the video to get an inside look at what it's like to have a job as a wind energy technician.
Here are the key takeaways and facts about installing a wind turbine you'll see in this video:
- From initial excavation to complete operation, the process to install a wind turbine takes about three weeks
- The final tower height with an extended blade is approximately 442 feet high
- The tower is installed in three different sections — the base tower, the mid tower and the top tower. Each range between 97,000 and 116,000 pounds
- Each blade is about 173 feet long and 27,000 pounds
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