Vancouver Steam Clock
Setting Grouse's Mountain Resort's SkyRide immediate electrical needs outside of this Post, does their 'Eye of the Wind' generate enough electricity to power the chair lift from their Lodge to the base of the Eye's elevator AND energize the elevator to the viewPOD? Does the Eye of the Wind require electrical support to turn its head into the wind? Is there proof positive that the wind turbine is generating 25% of their mountaintop needs as they claimed at the outset of their project or is it a mere 2%?
More to the point, why is the electrical data provided inside the viewPOD not passed onto Grouse Mountain Resort website of Facts? The project was endorsed by BC Hydro and BC Energy Minister Bill Bennett and then launched with much fanfare by the Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Muir Campbell in 2010.
The Eye's wind location has historically received under 9 kilometres per hour:
Cut-in wind speed: 9.72 km per hour
Cut-out wind speed: 90 km per hour
|Daily Wind Speed? The Eye rarely turns|
Grouse Mountain Resort Wind forecast:
|Grouse Mountain Weather Forecast Thursday Aug 27th to Wednesday Sept 2nd|
Grouse Mountain Weather Forecast Wednesday Sept 2 to Tuesday Sept 8th
Seven day weather forecast for Grouse Mountain
The electricity produced by the Eye in 2012 had, at BC Hydro’s highest residential selling rate, a monetary value of about $13,500 or about 2% of my estimate of the Eye's ($600,000 annually) 2012 tourism revenue. - Corrie Kost
|FONVCA.ORG news clips|
Grouse Mountain Wind Turbine Development Permit
|Per Trip: 24 tourists bumped up to 36 (33% increase) = $600,000 Revenue per year|
The DNV Development Permit included three sets of Before and After photos as to whether or not the Eye of the Wind would be visible to Council's naked ..... eyes.
GMR used an existing Red meteorological Tower as a comparison to the proposed Eye of the Wind using three viewpoints well OUTSIDE of the District of North Vancouver
1) West Vancouver's Dundarave Pier (south end) Ten kilometres
|Red Arrow pointing to the old Red meteorological Tower|
3) Vancouver's Canada Place Pier (north end)
|Bird's Eye View|
Grouse Mountain's "Eye of the Wind":
From a few meters east of the electrically powered (steam) clock that pleases tourists, another tourist attraction is visible on a clear day – a tall white structure resembling a wind turbine. The “energizing” of that Grouse Mountain tourist attraction in September 2010 was marked by a BC Hydro press release. (BC Hydro, owned by the British Columbia government, is the principal generator and distributor of electricity in B.C.) Dave Cobb, BC Hydro’s CEO, declaimed:
"With this successful energizing of The Eye of the Wind [the name of the tourist attraction], Grouse Mountain is not only starting down the road to energy self-sufficiency, but is also providing a tangible example of the kind of strong working relationships BC Hydro enjoys building with partners committed to clean and renewable energy."
Stuart McLaughlin, President of Grouse Mountain Resorts, boldly declared: “British Columbia has a shining new beacon for sustainability.”
And Bill Bennett, provincial Minister of Energy, opined: “Vancouver's first commercially viable wind turbine … [an] icon … it will inspire [further] renewable energy projects."
The BC Hydro press release quoted without reservation and thus endorsed Grouse Mountain Resorts' false claim that the electricity produced by the Eye of the Wind will be "enough to power up to 400 homes a year.” (Note 2a)
The electricity produced by the Eye in 2012 had, at BC Hydro’s highest residential selling rate, a monetary value of about $13,500 or about 2% of my estimate of the Eye's 2012 tourism revenue.
debate.” The District’s staff report on the “wind turbine,” presented to council before the vote and recommending approval of a development permit, reads in part: "The turbine ... is anticipated to generate ... the power used by 400 homes. This equates to an annual reduction of 1600 tonnes of carbon." (Note 2f)
Also see: http://www.grousemountain.com/press_releases/the-eye-of-the-wind-welcomes-the-world
At 100% of capacity the Eye would produce about enough electricity for 1200 average BC homes - for more on “capacity” see note 2b.
An average B.C. home/ household consumes annually 11,000 kwh: Google: BC 11,000 kwh quick facts. (An average UK household consumes 4800 kwh annually http://www.carbonindependent.org/sources_home_energy.htm )
(2c) Canadian Wind Atlas: http://www.windatlas.ca/en/index.php
For wind speed reports: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/
[BC Wildfire Wind Speed http://bcwildfire.ca/Weather/Maps/wind_speed.htm]
The blades of the turbine require a wind speed of above 9.7 kilometers per hour to turn:
|Currently Producing ZERO|
(2d) For a turbine’s energy cost see “Net Energy Analysis” section:
For the “passionate debate”: http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/story.html?id=ee92c5cc-e56b-4d05-b1a6-f438419fcf8d&k=68621
If Grouse Mountain Resort is serious about going alone on their electricity needs why not install three more turbine rides and then call themselves a Farm and be self sufficient year round?
|A spin off of Wind Turbine|
Demographically, and ignoring overseas visitors stats, Grouse Mountain Resort's repeat customers are from Metro Vancouver. Wouldn't it be 'nice' for GMR to donate refundable containers purchased by all customers .... to needy, and local, public school programs from the District which issued the development permits without the (November/Min. 30 litres per $1) Chevron strings attached?
Grouse Mountain recycles. We operate a proprietary recycling station separating non-refundables (glass, plastic, metal) and a battery recycling program for employees. Our cardboard is recycled weekly. Every Tuesday, Grouse Mountain’s refundable containers are donated to Collingwood School. All employees use re-usable cups for beverages and there is an environmental fund for those who use disposable cups. Tickets for General Admission, Download and Winter Lift are made from recycled stock from Canada Ticket.
GMR stationary Eye of the Wind, a subliminal message using the Mercedes-Benz logo?
This star reflects the overall philosophy of the brand and domination at sea, air and land. In other words Mercedes logo means that it produces products which are perfect not only on land, but also at sea and in the air. It inspires engineers of the company to master even the hardest challenge.
Every 30 seconds the turbine reorients itself to face into prevailing winds ..... oh yeah
Inside the new wind turbine at Grouse Mountain
.... I was surprised to discover that the viewPod platform actually moves. Every thirty seconds, the turbine reorients itself to face into prevailing winds. As it slowly turns, so does the platform, creaking around hundreds of feet up in the air. ..... Remy Scalza in Green City on August 19, 2010
Occupational safety and health in the wind energy sector
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4.9 Waste treatment and recycling
In the life cycle analysis for both onshore and offshore wind turbines, it is assumed that most of the materials of the wind turbine will be recycled at the end of their life cycle (Spinato, 2009; Cenifer, 2012; Chartered Institute for Environmental Health, 2008; Byon, 2010; Global Wind Organisation, 2012). In these assumptions, the tower and nacelle will be transported to a recycling plant and the blades will be sent to landfill.