28 May '12, 9am

Middle of Lake Michigan an Untapped Reservoir of Wind Energy: Filed under: Energy News

Middle of Lake Michigan an Untapped Reservoir of Wind Energy: Filed under: Energy News

The winds of Lake Michigan — and the rest of the Great Lakes — are an untapped reservoir of renewable energy, according to a project which recently monitored the wind over the Lakes at the height of commercial turbines. Led by Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center and funded primarily by the US Department of Energy and the Michigan Public Service Commission, the project set a six-tonne buoy at three locations across Lake Michigan — two points near the Muskegon shoreline and about 35 miles off shore. The buoy shot three laser beams into the air to sense wind speed and direction. These lasers take measurements 1,000 times a second at six elevations — from 20 metres to 175 metres above the water, heights a commercial wind turbine might reach — average the data at one-second intervals and then every 10 minutes send a report home via c...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/28/middle-of-lake-michig...

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