WindTamer Corp., a developer and manufacturer of patented new wind turbine technology, has completed the installation of one of its wind turbines at the Perry-Warsaw Airport (01G) in New York.
The installation of the turbine required FAA approval, which was received late last year.
Gerald Brock, chairman and CEO of WindTamer, said that FAA approval was received after WindTamer and the airport demonstrated to the FAA’s satisfaction that the turbine would not interfere with radar and radio signals, affect wildlife, or otherwise impact the operation of the airport or the surrounding community. He added that because the turbine is less than 40 feet high it will not create any aviation problems.
“Receiving FAA approval to install our turbine at a general aviation airport is a significant event for WindTamer,” said Brock. “The FAA is actively encouraging airports to look at ‘green’ alternatives as a means of reducing carbon emissions and reducing energy costs.”
According to Ralph Thompson, manager of the FAA’S Airport Planning & Environmental Division, the FAA has embarked on a pilot program with some airports designed to develop ways to reduce energy consumption and encourage reduction of greenhouse gasses. He noted that the FAA may step up such programs in the future, and may eventually assist airports in funding greener initiatives. “The FAA is definitely looking for ways to make airports more environmentally-friendly,” he said.
Charles Bell, manager of the Perry-Warsaw Airport, said that, “We view the installation of the WindTamer turbine as a very positive thing in several respects. Our airport is located at one of the windiest points in our area, so we expect a dramatic reduction in our energy costs. And we like the idea of doing something to be more environmentally friendly. We also think that this will be a nice showcase for WindTamer, because as people pass through our airport they will see an exciting new technology in operation firsthand.”
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