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Gamesa G90 foundationGamesa G90 (2 MW) - “more than 50 loads of cement, 60 tons of rebar, and one very large crane”
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Gamesa G90 nacelle (gearbox and generator housing)Gamesa G90, Generator power 2 MW, Tower height 256 feet, Tower weight 203 tons, Nacelle weight 103 tons, Blade length 144 feet, Total blade weight ~7 tons, Blade material Fiberglass and carbon fiber (a big billboard!)
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North Hoyle offshore wind farm in the Irish SeaThe sun sets behind the North Hoyle offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (Reuters: Phil Noble)
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Germany, near the North SeaThis photo of a wind energy facility was taken in Germany near the North Sea
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Wind turbine lights in Galway, IrelandThese wind turbines overlook Galway in the west of Ireland - photo by John Smyth (http://johnsmyth.ie/blog/?p=3)
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Lifting rotor for 263-foot wind turbine on Stetson Mountain in Washington County, MaineA crew lifts a rotor for a 263-foot wind turbine on Stetson Mountain in Washington County (Maine) - from Reed & Reed, Woolwich
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Lempster, New Hampshire, February 2010No trespassing - Lempster, New Hampshire, February 2010 - the side the tourists don't see (or hear)
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Oil stains on a turbine in the Kumeyaay wind facility on the Campo Indian ReservationOil stains on a turbine in the Kumeyaay wind facility on the Campo Indian Reservation, east of San Diego, California - photo by Andy Degroot
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Oil leaks and spattering on a turbine in the Kumeyaay wind facility on the Campo Indian ReservationOil leaks and spattering on a turbine in the Kumeyaay wind facility on the Campo Indian Reservation, east of San Diego, California - photo by Andy Degroot
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Sherman County, OregonPhoto by Jamie Francis, The Oregonian
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Turbulence wake effectAt wind farms where many towers are clustered together, turbulence generated by the massive blades can degrade the performance of other windmills by as much as 10-20 percent. The same turbulence can also trigger vibrations in turbines downwind, leading to component fatigue, excess maintenance costs, and premature part failure. The turbines' wake effect is clearly seen at the Horns Rev offshore wind farm in the North Sea west of Denmark.
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Massive concrete pedestal baseThe AIM Harrow Wind Farm in Essex, Ont., includes 24 turbines, each requiring a massive concrete pedestal base like the one pictured (Tom Taylor/CBC)
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