Road Trip – Iowa AWEA Distributed Wind Energy Conference

Business partner, Frank Marlowe and I hit the road last week to visit with broadcast engineering professionals at the Chicago Radio Show and discuss AM radio / wind turbine interference and the latest theory in mitigation techniques.  Following our Chicago meetings, we drove to DesMoines to see what was happening at the AWEA Distributed Wind Conference.  On our way through Illinois, we passed by the Council Bluffs wind farm. Council Bluffs - On the Farm The show was relatively small venue but chuck full of interesting new offerings within the distributed wind energy space.  We raided the floor over a 5 hour period exploring new (and old) business offerings. Frank (right) discussing WTG transport and installation with a Barnhart Sales rep (www.barnhartrenewables.com) Brian Kuhn of Aeronautica Windpower (Right) takes a moment to pose for the camera.  Aeronautica (http://aeronauticawind.com/aw/index.html)  has begun shipment of their "Made in USA" 750 kW turbine to community … [Read more...]

"Broadcast Wind" Awarded USDA Grant to Develop Renewable Energy Alternatives for Broadcasters in Rural America

American Broadcasting together with wind energy technology present a tremendous, yet untapped revenue opportunity for small and middle sized farms across the nation.  There are approximately 18,000 TV and FM broadcast transmitters distributed across the US.  In the Midwest states, the majority of broadcast transmitters (each consuming between 100MWh and 1,500MWh annually) are located on or directly adjacent to farmland.  Wind turbines may be sited on farm land surrounding these transmitters to the benefit of the farmer, broadcaster and the nation in general. The farmer’s benefit may be derived by utilizing a small portion of his land, and leveraging local, state and national incentives to purchase a wind turbine and sell all or part of the electricity to the broadcaster.  Or, he may lease land to the broadcaster or a third party investment company for the development of a turbine project.  In all cases, the local farmer, broadcaster and nation benefit by supplemental income, lower … [Read more...]