Wind has been used for over a thousand years, with the first known windmill built between 500-900 AD in Persia (known as Iran, today). For centuries to come, wind would be used to power grain mills and scoop up water out of a river or stream. Surprisingly, the first windmill, or wind turbine, to actually produce electricity was built way back in 1887 in Scotland. Inventor James Blyth used the turbine to power his vacation home.
Now, wind turbines for electricity are slowly gaining in popularity, but the race is on to see who can make them more and more efficient. Just like solar power, not all of the energy gained from wind can be used.
How do Wind Turbines Work?
Wind turbines are obviously more suitable to windy environments, as it uses the wind to turn its blades. The blades typically rotate at 18 RPM, which is pretty slow, so a series of gears are installed inside the shaft that rotate at 1800 RPM. Those gears then power a generator, which begins to create electricity. The video below gives great information for those looking to learn more about how wind turbines work.
Locogen Wind Turbine Timelapse
Now, for the main attraction. The 330KW wind turbine in North Ayrshire, Scotland. The structure stands 200 feet high (61m) and is Locogen’s Enercon E33 turbine. In the video, you’ll see the entire construction process, from beginning to end and it’s filmed up close, so you can see pretty much every detail. Typically, timelapse videos only show an overview of the entire site, so you can barely tell what’s actually being done, so it’s nice to see a company take a different approach.
One of the best parts (for me, anyway) of large developments that cost hundreds of millions of dollars being built is being able to learn about different construction methods that can reduce costs or deliver the project sooner than traditional methods. The Crown Sydney, a future 890 foot tall tower in Australia, is using a method called “top down construction” to shorten their project schedule and avoid additional hazards on the $740 million project.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.
A couple weeks ago, we shared a list of the 100 tallest buildings to ever be demolished. One of the most interesting things that I learned while researching for that article was that although Detroit’s Greater Department Hudson Store was not the tallest building on the list (it was #21), it was the tallest on the list to actually be imploded.
Back in September of 2017, the $100 million renovation of the Seattle Space Needle began with the installation of a 28,000 pound scaffold system ring designed to circle the famous saucer shaped top of the Needle.
One thing’s for sure, the only thing better than one structure being demolished is two structures being demolished at the same time. Late last week, a decommissioned Florida Power Plant saw to the implosion of two 462 feet tall cooling towers in spectacular fashion.
Learning to tie several useful knots has been on my to-do list for a while now and I’m reminded of that every time I tie some insane knot that’s way too loose or nearly impossible to un-tie. I guess one of my my biggest hurdles is figuring out which knots would be most useful for me.
Construction crews were preparing to replace window glazing on the 47-story tall Wellhouse na Leninskom tower in Moscow, Russia, when a cable snapped just as the window was about to reach the top of the structure
It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter. The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.