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    Old 11-03-2008, 07:03 AM   #1
    Kathie Fry
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    Default The Windiest Places in Hawaii

    Here's something interesting I came across on the Hawaii State Web site: Diagrams of each of the Hawaiian Islands showing the most and least windy spots on each island. The maps at the top of the page are tiny but there are larger maps of each island further down.

    Hawaii's Windiest Locations

    I found that page when I was looking for information to back up this statement in the "Hawaii Facts" section of the 50states.com Web site: "The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty stories high."

    I still haven't figured out which wind generator the above statement is referring to, and where it's located, but I did come across another interesting statement on the aboutmyplanet.com Web site: "The Parker Ranch Solar/Wind Hybrid Power Plant in Hawaii is the world's largest hybrid solar energy project."

    That made me even more curious about wind-harnessing projects in Hawaii so I looked around on the Web and came across these pages:

    Hawaii Small-Scale Energy Projects
    http://www.power-technology.com/projects/hawaii/

    Hawaii Wind Working Group
    http://www.state.hi.us/dbedt/ert/wwg/
    (the links on the left side of the page are interesting)

    This always happens to me lol... I come across one tiny bit of information that sparks my interest and it leads me to an all-day Internet and library expedition and exploration project. Anyway, some of the above is very interesting, and it would be great information to share with kids visiting Hawaii. I wonder if people can visit any of Hawaii's wind power facilities? I'll poke around and see what I can find out.

    - Kathie
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    Old 11-28-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
    billsjca
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    Originally Posted by Kathie Fry View Post
    Here's something interesting I came across on the Hawaii State Web site: Diagrams of each of the Hawaiian Islands showing the most and least windy spots on each island. The maps at the top of the page are tiny but there are larger maps of each island further down.

    Hawaii's Windiest Locations

    I found that page when I was looking for information to back up this statement in the "Hawaii Facts" section of the 50states.com Web site: "The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty stories high."

    I still haven't figured out which wind generator the above statement is referring to, and where it's located, but I did come across another interesting statement on the aboutmyplanet.com Web site: "The Parker Ranch Solar/Wind Hybrid Power Plant in Hawaii is the world's largest hybrid solar energy project."

    That made me even more curious about wind-harnessing projects in Hawaii so I looked around on the Web and came across these pages:

    Hawaii Small-Scale Energy Projects
    http://www.power-technology.com/projects/hawaii/

    Hawaii Wind Working Group
    http://www.state.hi.us/dbedt/ert/wwg/
    (the links on the left side of the page are interesting)

    This always happens to me lol... I come across one tiny bit of information that sparks my interest and it leads me to an all-day Internet and library expedition and exploration project. Anyway, some of the above is very interesting, and it would be great information to share with kids visiting Hawaii. I wonder if people can visit any of Hawaii's wind power facilities? I'll poke around and see what I can find out.

    - Kathie
    sonme help try googling "MOD-5B Wind Turbine" look for it in google earth and you'll see where it was... it's no longer in existence, but th blades are on display .
    Bill

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    Old 12-03-2008, 12:25 AM   #3
    janneman
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    Arrow wrongly quoted?

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    "The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower twenty stories high." ................
    Hawaii Wind Working Group
    http://www.state.hi.us/dbedt/ert/wwg/
    (the links on the left side of the page are interesting)
    personally i think the quote you found is a misinterpretation from this one;
    "In the simulated illustration above the Kipu Mountain range is shown with a line of Vestas NM82 windmills. The towers supporting the generators are 262 feet high. Each blade of the wind turbine is 135 feet making the total height of the windmill 397 feet; "(source)

    So there was discussion about building windmills on the mountain ridge, that would be so and so high - but it never happened. Probably companies are hesitant to invest, because there was another project with windmills that ended up in a bankrupcy.
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