Cranes, Turbines, Containers, Oh my!

It is officially 3 days before the Poetry Blox Opening and we have tons of work to do! Between drywalling and installing floors, we have a lot on our plates. However, we have formed a group of eager students and helpers who are willing to put in the time and effort to get this project completed by Thursday!

In other news, the shipping container is finally here!

On Friday, November 19th, the shipping container arrived, filling the void beside the turbine.

The crane provided by the Moir Crane Service Itd. came and lifted the shipping container from the Lebel parking lot to the front lawn.

Up, up and away!

Ray from Lorenzen Engineering came by to watch the crate’s arrival.

The Lebel building front lawn was filled with curious and excited eyes from pedestrians who were walking by. Some even stopped by to ask Ray and students about what was happening.

The interior of the shipping container came from Toronto filled with the insulation that has been provided by Roxul Insulation. We are excited to start installing it as soon as tomorrow if all electrical aspects go according to plan.

Things are unfolding fast here with the Production Team! We hope to have everything up and running by Thursday night! See you all at the Poetry Blox Opening!

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Student Blog past week of March, the 25th

On Tuesday we had made some list for the scrap metal dealers and contacted them individually with little success. The lists include organizations and some individuals who deal and recycle the steel we need to build the stand for our existence wind turbine at University. We completed the lists of retailers who gave us green signal.
Then we went out for some field work on Thursday 25th March 2010to different scrap metals dealers and retailers for the quotation of the stand for wind turbine we wish to build in summer. Successfully we got the quotation from a metals dealer and he told us that it would cost around $2000/- to completely build and implement this project. Later in coming week we will be heading out again on Tuesday to check for some more scrap materials we wish to seek and in much cheaper price if possible because the initial quote, we believe is a little bit out of reach for everybody.

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The Meeting with Lorenzen Engineering

Thursday March 11, 2010. The day started in quite a hopeful manner and soon turned into what was definitely the biggest breakthrough of our group thus far – the meeting with the representatives from Lorenzen Engineering. Lorenzen Engineering is the retailer for Windspire wind turbine (manufactured by Mariah Power) in the Windsor region.
The proposed meeting started at 2:30 PM in room 135 of the LeBel Building with Andrew Kingstone, Owner/Master Electrician at A.T Electrical Services and Ray Koehler, Professional Engineer at Lorenzen Engineering. Soon we were all headed to the Nature bridge/pedestrian overpass connecting the sidewalks of the Huron Church road. There they checked the electrical room and assessed the possibility of setting up the wind turbine at the top of the pedestrian bridge. They showed complete satisfaction and proposed that the project is do-able.
Now the next step would be that the company will send us a note of permission for the use of their name to be used in our next plans to put up an advertising campaign to push forward this idea in our Windsor community through the University of Windsor platform. We hope that this innovative project will help create awareness and promote education about the use of Green energy as intended. We would like to take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude to Mr. James Lorenzen, the owner of the Lorenzen Engineering for showing immense support for our project!

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Mounting of Wind Turbine and company contacts

We asked Mr. Matthew St. Louis for his input on what way we should go in building the stand for the turbine. He is an engineer here at the University of Windsor and has seen the turbine so we thought he would be of some help in this or would know someone who could help us. He suggested to us the best design we should go with in our situation and also the materials we should look for. He met with us at the site which we plan to mount the turbine and agreed that it is a good location but may need fencing to go around it as a safety precaution. He referred us to Al, an engineer that works for a company here in Windsor. We contacted him and he said that he would be able to build the stand for us, but the problem was that he required payment for this which we do not have. Finally we spoke with a peer of ours in this class, who is in the engineering program. He volunteered to draw up the design for the stand of the turbine. As soon as we have the design we will know what materials we will need and meet with local companies and convince them to supply the materials for free. With help from engineering students in the class we will use the materials obtained and have the turbine mounted in no time.
Also, our task for March 1 is to attend two conference calls – one with CleanField, and another with Lorenzen Engineering.

Graphic Model of Wind turbine (Click here)

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This week

Dream it, Plan it, do it...

This week we made great progress and got replies from two companies, and more importantly positive ones!!!

We are overjoyed by the reply of Mr. Lorenzen of the Lorenzen Engineering Corporation. they are looking to site a Windspire device in the Huron Church area as a demonstration project. Also, Cleanfield Energy has expressed great  interest in the project.

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Looking good, looking good, ready for takeoff…

Specifications of the Wind turbine at essex Hall

Wind turbine at the Essex hall

This week we met up with Prof. Timothy Tiegs at St.Clair college. The meeting was quite fruitful since he is quite willing to help us with the actual setting up and running of the turbine. We described to him our ideas and he gave us an engineering perspective of what would work best. We are going to keep in contact with him throughout the semester and keep him updated with what we have done. He also expressed his willingness to help us acquire the best tools and equipment and will also help in connecting the turbine with the alternator, which we soon hope to obtain.
We also emailed WindTronics at the Michigan location, conveying our ideas and asking them for for any help in this regard. We intend to convince them to donate a wind turbine and hopefully we will be able to convince even more companies that we have contacted. Hopefully, we will hear from them next week.

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And we are off to a start!!!

First of all, we will like to thank the class for the constructive criticism that we received on Thursday. With the valuable suggestions we are finally getting to the action phase from the planning phase. We contacted Dr. Rupp Carriveau who have granted us the access to the wind turbine currently in the Essex Building. We have also contacted various local manufacturers and now with the specifications of the the turbine, we can now better communicate our requirements towards the manufacturers. Thanks to Ashley for her valuable advice, we now know exactly which components we want.

Now begins the big task – preparing the business plan and presentations for th manufacturers, St. Clair College and finding other potential donors for the parts and most possibly even more turbines.

P.S.  look forward to our business plan presentation in a fortnight. Prospects are definitely looking good. We have indeed done the dreaming and planning, now the time is approaching where our actions truly count. After all, wind turbine group is not just there to talk about the winds, we are here to work with the winds.

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WIND TURBINES: A solution to a greener environment!

Green Corridor is an innovative idea for a greener Windsor and thus a greener environment. It is a unique project of its own kind, introduced by a group of artists in the University of Windsor in collaboration with its students. It is an environmental friendly idea from the founders of green corridor, to help remind people and businesses that have forgotten their social responsibility towards the environment.

The winter 2010 green corridor class has brought back the wind turbine project which has been halted for various reasons. As a group we are planning to discover and solve those reasons. Our main goal is to carry on and contribute to the legacy of the wind turbine project. The team is planning to professionally approach different local manufacturers and other officials in order to help us achieve our project goals through funding and sponsorships.

Our group members consist of five members from different educational backgrounds, namely Belal Akkawi(Accounting),Faheem Muhammad(Finance), Ibrahim Khalifa(General Science), Junaid Iftikhar(Economics) & Sachin Malhotra(Accounting).

“Dream it, plan it, do it…”

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