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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Indians install wind turbine at ballpark

And I hope it blows more than Gordie Windhorn’s numbers.

The Cleveland Indians’ newest acquisition has power to all fields.

The club installed an innovative wind turbine on Wednesday, affixing the corkscrew-shaped structure to the top of Progressive Field. The revolutionary turbine, which amplifies airflow around a central cylinder to power four small fans, was designed at Cleveland State by Dr. Majid Rashidi, a professor of mechanical engineering.

Rashidi’s design is more conducive for urban areas and confined spaces than a traditional long-blade wind turbine.

“Dr. Rashidi’s new technology is playing a significant role in the advancement of wind energy,” said Cleveland State president Ronald Berkman. “We are proud to showcase this exciting new design in our hometown along with the Cleveland Indians, and use this venue to move the technology closer to commercialization.”

The 3,000-pound turbine will be operating by opening day on April 5, when the Indians host the Toronto Blue Jays. Development of the turbine was funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and state of Ohio.

Repoz Posted: March 28, 2012 at 04:54 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 28, 2012 at 05:04 PM (#4091626)
Couldn't they just sign Richie Sexson?
   2. Run Joe Run Posted: March 28, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4091635)
Couldn't they just sign Richie Sexson?

Coffee spit all over keyboard. Brilliant
   3. smileyy Posted: March 28, 2012 at 05:36 PM (#4091659)
The turbine is being mounted on the ballpark's southeast corner. It will be illuminated with colored LED lights and can be seen by anyone traveling into downtown on roadways from the south.

I presume it generates more power than the LEDs consume?
   4. Walt Davis Posted: March 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM (#4091727)
A wind turbine ... to power fans ... to blow wind.
   5. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: March 28, 2012 at 06:51 PM (#4091733)
The thing will get jammed with midges.
   6. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: March 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM (#4091831)
Can't wait to see it in pinstripes.
   7. Loren F. Posted: March 28, 2012 at 09:27 PM (#4091874)
#6 wins the thread!
   8. Moose Mash Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM (#4091927)
Honestly, I thought it was kinda cool til I saw the picture. It looks more like something out of Dr. Seuss than something revolutionary.

I guess those two things aren't mutually exclusive.

But they should be.

   9. McCoy Posted: March 28, 2012 at 10:34 PM (#4091937)
Well, that is one way to solve the power outage that MLB is currently experiencing.
   10. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: March 28, 2012 at 11:22 PM (#4091973)
Not even a turbine will save the world from Joey Bats.
   11. John DiFool2 Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:03 AM (#4092072)
Honestly, I thought it was kinda cool til I saw the picture. It looks more like something out of Dr. Seuss than something revolutionary.

I do not like you, Turbine Fan?
   12. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:47 AM (#4092085)
It'll get a lot of use, because this team blows.
   13. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4092095)
A wind turbine ... to power fans ... to blow wind.

Looking at the picture, I think that the "fans" are actually the turbine blades that turn to generate power, and the corkscrew design funnels the wind into these fan-turbines. The sentence in the excerpt is exceptionally misleading, as it seems to say that the whole function of the turbine is to generate enough power to run four cooling fans. That would be an astonishingly poor return on investment for however much it costs (in money and energy) to build this thing.

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