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Manhattan-based Environmental Technologies LLC (ETLLC) and Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.-based Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) officially broke ground on the company's new vertical shaft wind turbine that will be erected on the college campus this fall.

ETLLC's 1.25 MW vertical shaft wind turbine (model ETC-LU) is based on nearly 19 years of research and development by the company and its partners. Early prototypes were erected in Pennsylvania, Taiwan and Japan. With the start of construction taking place under the direction of Albany-based engineering firm Clough Harbour & Associates LLC, ETLLC plans to complete the installation of its wind turbine on the SCCC campus in January 2009 and be in full operation by early spring.

According to ETLLC, the turbine's unique blades - which are designed to catch the wind from all directions - will resemble Venetian blinds stacked on top of one other in an array about the size of a 10-story building. In addition, the wind turbine will stand at just over 111 feet, about one-third the height of traditional propeller-style wind turbines, yet the wind turbine is estimated to produce twice the output, according to the company.

"Not only will this turbine complement our existing campus sustainability initiatives, it also will serve as a unique, hands-on learning opportunity for our students, particularly those in our green building maintenance and management, and environmental studies programs," says SCCC President Mamie Howard-Golladay.

ETLLC's wind turbine, along with an educational kiosk describing the technology and how it works, will be constructed on approximately one acre of land. The land is being leased from the college and Sullivan County. While still experimental, any power generated by the turbine will be sold to the college for its energy needs. ETLLC anticipates that its turbine can produce 3 million to 4 million kWh of power per year at an average wind speed of more than six meters per second.

SOURCE: Sullivan County Community College

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