The Nordic Wind Power Company

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Nordic Wind Power is receiving a federal loan guarantee. This will ensure that the company has the funds to develop its wind turbine technology. The company’s main claim to fame is its two blade wind turbines. Looking at the picture on Nordic’s home page, their turbines require much less material than the turbines of competitor companies, which means that their cost of production is a lot less. A smaller turbine design also has a lower visual footprint, which is a great advantage when homeowners in wealthy communities block the installation of wind turbines because they are afraid the turbines will decrease their land value.

The two blade system provides other advantages. A design with less material is also lighter. This means that a less powerful crane is necessary for the installation, and reduces other construction costs. The 70 meter tall tower will also cause less damage if it falls down, although hopefully that won’t happen. According to Nordic, a two blade wind turbine also produces less noise than a three blade turbine. I’m guessing that this design also creates less interference with other signals. A large wind farm in Oregon was blocked for months because the Air Force was concerned about interference with its radar project, so this technology might also provide advantages in that area.

According to Green Tech Media, wind turbines have a weakness because they do not provide a spinning reserve. This isn’t an insurmountable flaw. Another project with federal loan guarantees is Beacon’s flywheel system which stores energy using the spinning flywheels. Combining these projects is a great idea. Renewable power generation will require the use of several methods to provide power which is as reliable as oil and gas. A combination of cost efficient wind turbines and flywheels to store power and distribute it over a period of time provides great advantages for any city that wants to create clean energy. The government is funding Beacon Power’s smart grid, Nordic’s wind turbines, and Solyndra’s solar panels at the same time, and a combination of these energy generators and power storage systems creates synergies that will make these projects cost efficient methods of generating electricity.

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