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SAMPLE PHOTOGRAPHS OF WIND POWERED

ELECTRICITY GENERATORS

V. Ryan © 2006 - 2009

 

This photograph of a modern giant wind power electricity generator was taken on a hillside outside the Spanish Mediterranean port of Algeciras. This was one of many generators distributed on the same hillside.
Notice the replacement blade lying horizontally at the generators base.
The hillside is dominated by these enormous structures.

   

The Spanish Government has invested heavily in wind power, over an extended period of time. The generators seen below are older but also found in the same location.

   

   

 

   

This is an example of one of the older wind powered generators. The blades are held aloft by a triangulated structure ensuring great strength The shape of the blades ensure that power generation is efficient even by modern standards.

   

This photograph was taken near Madrid in Spain (2006). It is a ‘Vestas NM82’, standing at an enormous 397 feet or 121 metres in height, almost a third of the height of the Eiffel Tower. If you study the photograph carefully you will see a building at the base of the wind powered electricity generator. Look how small the door is as it gives some idea of the scale/size of the generator.

The hillside on which this is located is the home to at least nine other generators of the same type. This type can also be seen throughout Spain- on hilltops, in remote locations as well as near towns and cities.

   
 
   

QUESTIONS:
1. Using a digital camera, photograph as wind powered generators as possible - in the countryside, in towns and cities or on boats and ships.

2. Sketch one of the wind powered generators shown above.

   

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