Alice Henly, Research Fellow, New York
This morning the Cleveland Indians will be unveiling their revolutionary wind turbine, the first of its kind to sit atop a ballpark.
After three years of work -- planning, designing and building the innovative corkscrew-shaped turbine in partnership with Cleveland State University’s Fenn College of Engineering -- the Indians will be securing the turbine on top of the southeast corner of Progressive Field in the space of only a couple of hours.
“We will first lift and install the triangular steel platform, then raise and secure the turbine.” says Brad Mohr, the Indians’ assistant director of Ballpark Operations. “It will be fully installed by lunchtime.”
The relatively short installation process is likely benefitted by the fact that Mohr’s team doesn’t have to transport the turbine very far to its final resting point. In fact, the 3,000-pound turbine was strategically assembled in the players’ parking lot at Progressive Field to cut down on transportation emissions and costs.
Over the past couple of months ironworkers affixed 80 translucent white plastic pieces around a heavy aluminum frame to form the thick corkscrew helix. Today the helix will be attached to the steel base that will hold it in place on ...
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