Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration but there are a lot out wind turbines (particularly along I-65) and more popping up all the time.
Indiana Wind Farms
We get a lot of questions about Indiana wind farms because my husband was the wind farm whisperer. We live in a small town so everyone knows everything about everyone, don’t’cha know.
My husband was often the “go-to” guy when it came to problems or questions about wind turbines. He seemed to have a sixth sense for what was wrong and how to fix it. Or, maybe, that’s just due to his background in every form of energy! But when it comes right down to it, wind energy is certainly his favorite. It’s clean and, according to him, fun!
Since there is so much interest in Indiana wind farms, I interviewed my husband, Jeremy Nunemaker, for the low-down on these giant green energy producers.
What is an Indiana Wind TurbineIndiana wind turbines are giant monsters of steel. How big are Indiana wind turbines? Those you see around I-65 in Northwest Indiana are around 300 feet tall. Each blade of an Indiana wind turbine is 120+ feet and weighs 7 tons. Yes, that’s for each blade.
The wind turbine image to the top left may help you visualize the size of these. That is part of just one portion of the wind turbine and you can see how it dwarfs the lead truck! Many of these compose an Indiana wind farm.
A wind turbine is also tornado proof.
In 2010 and 2011, there weren’t very many elevators and certainly no heating or cooling systems inside. The only way up is to climb! There are such things as wind advisories and those with wind turbine jobs were not allowed in the field when the wind reached 30 meters per second. Some Indiana wind turbines do have elevators but not the sort of elevator you are imaging–think something more along the lines of shaky and the opposite of stable.
Green Energy in Indiana
The above is an interesting video showing the construction of a wind turbine. Although it is not located in Indiana, the idea is much the same. It involves cranes and lots of workers. Still, I think it provides a unique look at the process!
You’ll hear people and companies boast that they are buying “green” power or energy however, they aren’t buying the literal power that is created by a wind turbine. What they buy is, for accounting purposes, the amount of energy produced by a wind turbine.
So, the power produced by a wind farm in Indiana can be purchased by a company or organization in Florida or California. The actual power used by a location is produced by a power plant local to that area. The energy is essentially purchased from the Indiana wind farm.
How a Wind Turbine Works
Driving through Indiana, wind turbines may seem like they are being powered by something other than wind. Nope. Each wind turbine moves solely due to the wind. The speed is controlled so that the power is uniform. The speed is actually controlled by several factors, one of which is the pitch of the blades.
Each Indiana wind turbine monitors the wind and adjusts itself accordingly. This is why you will see an entire farm of wind turbines moving at the same time.
A turbine can only adjust it’s rotation so many times before it has to unwind itself to prevent the wiring inside from winding too tightly. It can take 15 minutes for the Indiana wind turbine to make a full rotation.
Questions about Indiana Wind Farms?
Hopefully this sheds a little light on Indiana wind farms.
Have any questions or comments about Indiana wind turbines for my husband to answer? Leave ‘em below! Please refer to this article and the follow-up. Many answers to common questions about wind farms are found in my response to previous posters.
Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!