Renosol Corporation rigid polyurethane windmill blades to help power Ishpeming's Pioneer Bluffs Apartments
September 13, 2010 – Rigid polyurethane windmills blades will help provide power to a housing community in Ishpeming, Michigan. A project in the making since 2006 concluded in late June with the installation of a VAWT (Vertical Axis Wind Turbine), which will provide power to residents of the Ishpeming Housing Commissions' Pioneer Bluffs apartments. The turbine is expected to save thousands of dollars in energy costs each month.
The design of the Windstor® Dermond Wind Turbine, including the use of lightweight rigid polyurethane inside the blades, allows the turbine to produce energy even in low wind conditions.
The last of three blades was installed June 21 using a specially designed crane to lift the 110-foot blades 150 feet into the air.
Based on a 500,000 kwh annual generation, wind turbine-generated energy displaces emissions from traditional fuel sources:
- 3,435# sulfur dioxide
- 2,105# nitrogen oxides
- 653,860# carbon dioxide
Renosol Corporation produced the blades for MTI, a division of McKenzie Bay International, Ltd. Windstor® Power Company, another McKenzie Bay subsidiary, sells wind-generated power to urban and remote customers. McKenzie Bay was able to finance the turbine so that the Ishpeming Housing Commission would not have to bear capital investment costs. Power from the turbine is delivered alongside existing energy sources.