We Are Going Big
This is one of the most interesting ideas we have encountered, a solar and wind powered light post
This week has been very exciting and full of good news. We are almost at 200 likes on our Facebook page which could only mean word is spreading. Team Windsor Revivers has been going over all of the comments and responses, and as time goes by, we are pleased to see many new ideas flowing in. These new responses are essential for the statistics analysis because they help us to form an idea of the direction everyone wants to see the downtown move in. We are finding that many fit into 3 broad categories. However, as the research is ongoing we are also witnessing some ideas that have become more popular then the week before as previous popular ideas remain the same. So we are hoping that more responses come in soon so we can narrow down our research.
When we reviewed the information this week we noticed that the idea of better lighting in the downtown seemed to pick up some popularity. We took a walk downtown this week and seen the solar-powered light post in the picture above at the riverfront. We loved this idea and thought that it could be a great alternative to brighten up downtown! This solar-powered light post also has an attractive little wind turbine on top to harness the wind, both are renewable types of energy. We’ll be posting about it on Facebook as well so you can give us feedback on the idea there.
On Tuesday, Salman had the pleasure of talking to someone at the Windsor Star. They liked our idea and expressed interest in helping us to get the word out to the public. On Thursday a very pleasant photographer from the Windsor Star paid us a surprised visit at our class space downtown and talked with us a bit. He took a few photos and a short video, and we enjoyed every minute of his time. The video was posted on their youtube channel, and you can view it here:
It’s official now that we will be having a Green Corridor Exhibition to show case our final results to everyone near the end of this month. This event is going to be very exciting for all of us, as all the groups will have their individual projects to bring to life. The next coming weeks will be focused on how we might present our information to you, so please stay tuned and as we come up with more solid plans we can give you a better picture of what to expect!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…”