New turbine will power office parks

March 12, 2007 at 1:15 PM
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AKRON, Ohio, March 12 (UPI) -- The Ohio Planning Commission has approved a prototype of a new urban wind turbine to generate electricity for an Akron, Ohio, office park.

The office park, being planned in Akron along Interstate 77, will be powered by a WindCube.

"It is virtually a wind tunnel," said Mark Cironi, chief executive and president of Green Energy Technologies.

The cube, Cironi said, works like a box fan. It's an open, skeletal structure made with recycled steel. The cube with the turbines inside will be 25 feet by 25 feet and 15 feet deep. It will be 58 feet tall, compared to the building, which will be 61 feet tall.

Scott Parker, president of Parker Fabricating Co. in Akron, developer of the Kumho Office Park, said he has been working with the developer of the device, Green Energy Technologies of Bath Township. He said they hope to use this as a model to demonstrate the energy device as a sales pitch to other companies.

The two companies are still working designs to put some sort of mesh to cover the openings to keep birds and debris from entering the cube area without stopping the wind. Noise and turbulence are not expected to be an issue.

Underground wires will connect the cube to the building. A net-metering system will be installed to give the customer credit for producing power. The electricity generated by the WindCube will be back up by power supplied by FirstEnergy Corp.

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