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Wind Powering North Carolina. By: Miles Hunt With the Help of NC Climate Office Staff. Crash course in wind energy:.

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wind powering north carolina

Wind Powering North Carolina

By: Miles Hunt

With the Help of NC Climate Office Staff

crash course in wind energy
Crash course in wind energy:
  • The purpose of wind energy is to create wind power to power various buildings such as homes, schools, and office buildings. To gather wind energy is not vary complicated but can be costly. Wind Farms in NC can be built it is all about where, why, and how much. I will answer these questions throughout my PowerPoint. At the end of the PowerPoint you will know where would be the best location to build a Wind Farm in North Carolina and why. Lets get started…
wind farms why
Wind farms… Why
  • I picked wind farms for my project because I like wind. Yes, I know it’s a little weird but I love wind. I also picked this because we need wind farms in North Carolina to have to produce energy to cut costs of non renewable resources.
wind farm types
Wind farm types:
  • There are several types of wind farm types. These are the ones we will be using the most during the rest of this project:
residential scale onsite energy use 10kw
Residential - Scale Onsite Energy Use (<10kW)
  • Residential - Scale Onsite Energy Use (<10kW)
  • Small Turbines - As much energy as a home would require
  • Generally installed on Small Turbine
  • Many states provide incentives for the Residential Turbine

http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources/renewable-energy/wind

small commercial scale onsite energy use 10 50 kw
Small Commercial - Scale Onsite Energy Use (10-50 kW)
  • Produces more power than the average house would need
  • Well suited for: Farms; Ranches; Schools; Office Buildings; Public Load such as a Hospital.
  • Higher level of machine sophistication, increased need of maintenance
  • Setup of this would cost about as much as a house

http://energy.gov/science-innovation/energy-sources/renewable-energy/wind

wind farm locations
Wind farm locations
  • Lets look at our possible locations for where to put a wind farm in North Carolina. We have two places.
  • Hickory, North Carolina (KHKY)
  • Cape Hatteras, North Carolina (KHSE)
wild weather hickory north carolina
Wild Weather - Hickory, North Carolina
  • Extreme Weather:
  • Hail:
  • 3 accounts of 1.01 – 1.50 Hail Fallen: 3
  • 16 accounts of 1.51 – 2.00 Hail Fallen: 16
  • Tornados:
  • F0: 1
  • F1: 1
  • F2: 2
wild weather hickory north carolina1
Wild Weather - Hickory, North Carolina
  • Hurricane Events:
  • Tropical Storms: 5
  • Max. Sustained Winds: 63 mph
  • Winter Weather:
  • Snow – Heavy Snow: 84
  • Sleet: 30
  • Freezing Rain: 50
  • Wind: 5

Winter Weather Source:

http://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/climate/winter_wx/database.php

wild weather hatteras north carolina
Wild Weather – Hatteras, North Carolina
  • Extreme Weather:
  • Hail:
  • No accounts were observed, it is possible though so it would be listed as a hazard.
  • Tornados:
  • F0: 3
  • F1: 1
  • Others were not reported but are still a hazard.
wild weather hatteras north carolina1
Wild Weather – Hatteras, North Carolina
  • Hurricane Events:
  • Tropical Storm: 28
  • C1: 13
  • C2: 6
  • C3: 4
  • Winter Weather
  • Snow: 30
  • Sleet: 8
  • Freezing Rain: 10
  • Wind: 2
wind farm in hickory
Wind Farm in Hickory…
  • Wind Farm Type:
  • Residential Type
  • Numbers:
  • Energy: As much as one home would require.
  • Number of farms in location: about 5
  • Would be built on a need by need basis; When a family decides to power their home with wind power, one turbine will be built.

Wind Rose – SCO – Wind Rose

wind farm at hatteras
Wind Farm at Hatteras…
  • Wind Farm Type:
  • Small Commercial – Offshore
  • Numbers:
  • Energy:
  • Public Loads; Hospitals; Farms, etc.
  • Number in location: about 10, More at this location because it is a better spot for wind because of the wind coming off of the sea; Would provide local area with energy and some energy might be sold to provide a profit to the local area.
conclusion
Conclusion:
  • North Carolina has the potential to build up a full wind farm in the state. If North Carolina wanted the most energy it’s best choice would be to build off shore due to the wind coming off of the sea and the protection from Hatteras Island. I hope you have enjoyed my presentation as you learned about wind farms and wind, and about how North Carolina would be a great place for wind power!
citations
Citations:
  • Wind Energy Photo. Windeis. Web. 6 Feb. 2013.
  • <http://windeis.anl.gov/guide/photos/photo5.html>.
  • State Climate Office:
  • - Wind Rose
  • - CRONOS Data Base
  • - Winter Weather Database
  • - Hurricanes Data Base