Intel Headquarters Building Topped with Wind Turbines

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  1. HardOCP News

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    Visible from Mission College Blvd. in the heart of Silicon Valley, Intel has installed one of the world's largest operating rooftop arrays of wind micro-turbines on the roof of Intel's worldwide headquarters in Santa Clara, California. Intel's micro-turbines are a proof-of-concept project, in which Intel hopes to collect data that will help the company better understand green power and identify ways to continue evolving its sustainability programs. This is just the latest milestone in Intel's longstanding commitment to innovation and environmental sustainability.
     
  2. TorxT3D

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    dead birds everywhere
     
  3. Ducman69

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    As a prestigious company, you're tired of getting your cars and pedestrians pooped on, but PETA would be up your ass if you sent guys out with poison bait and lined the top of your building with barbed wire type spikes.

    So instead you pretend to be environmentally conscious by producing a negligible amount of energy using sharpened blades to chop said birds into tiny little morsels which the smell attracts other birds to eat, which themselves get chopped up, and one a week you just vacuum up the mess and sell it to a nearby Chinese buffet. Profit!
     
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    All forms of energy production entail dangers and risks. Sliced up by a blade versus suffocation from being covered in crude oil? Guess we need to ask birds which one is preferable.
     
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    Good thing wind turbines have a negligible impact on birds otherwise your sarcasm may have been taken seriously.
     
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    What aboot solar?
     
  7. Ducman69

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    Pretty sure buildings don't run on crude oil, nor squirt it from their rooftops. And do you really think those dinky little fan blades will power anything? LOL!
     
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    All that for 65 watt hours? :rolleyes: They don't clarify, but I hope that is at least 65 per unit...
     
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    Looks like it's mainly a research project not a serious attempt to produce power. They probably got a nice tax write off for it and grant from the state to do it. Add the cost saving of 10-15MW of power annually.... meh.
     
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    Solar panels would have been better, no?
     
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    You know what that means, right? Netburst 2 @ 10GHz is coming. :D
     
  13. Grahamkracka

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    65 kWh...so just over 1 kWh per turbine. Actually not too bad for such small structure.
     
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    Up to a billion birds per year die by crashing into windows in the US (source). The windows on that building probably kill many more birds than those turbines ever would.
     
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    Those little turbines provide 1kWh? Exactly what kind of wind speed is needed to sustain said figures, how much are they and where can I buy one?
     
  16. Germanium

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    The vehicles that brought the building material there did.
     
  17. Ducman69

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    They run on crude oil and squirt it at birds? My car doesn't do that, although granted I haven't watched the new Mad Max movie yet.
     
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    Most of the material in those wind turbines are probably made from oil also. Not to mention the vehicle that brought them there are probably similar to the vehicles that delivered the wind turbines.
     
  19. Germanium

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    Exactly, you got it.
     
  20. evilsofa

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    It works in that situation because that large building apparently makes a relatively stable wind pattern over that roof edge. If you're talking about installing a windmill on your property, your main obstacles are zoning restrictions and that wind quality is much poorer in densely built environments. See this FAQ:

    http://www.awea.org/Issues/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=4638&navItemNumber=727
     
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    Yea. QFT. That's going to be a mess.
     
  22. illumined

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    Monuments to sillyness.....
     
  23. extide

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    They have solar on the roof too. That's why all the turbines are installed along the edge of the roof.
     
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    They're looking to literally blow AMD away.