Honda Hops Aboard Green Bandwagon with $8M Wind Installation at Ohio Plant
January 29, 2013 6:10 PM
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Project at transmission plant will be completed this year
Japanese automaker Honda Motor Comp., Ltd. (
) is outfitting its Russell's Point, Ohio transmissions plant with a fancy new pair of "utility-scale" wind turbines.
Exactly how big is "utility-scale"? The new turbines will tower 260 feet in the air and come equipped with 160 feet (97 m) blades. The installation, integrated by Juhl Energy Inc. (
), will likely use
Energy, Ltd.'s (
) largest turbine package, the S97. Capable of producing 2.1 megawatts of power, the turbine is ideally suited for slower wind speeds. The lower rotation speed also reduces risk to airborne wildlife.
The turbines are expected to pump out 10 percent of the total electricity the plant needs to operate.
Honda has pledged to
cut its products' CO2 emissions
by 30 percent by 2020 and promised "significant" cuts at its plants, as well. While Juhl has suffered some financial setbacks in recent years, it does have a lot of experience in the industry, having supervised over 237 megawatts of wind energy deployment.
The Suzlon S97
The plant in Russell's Point makes transmissions for most Honda vehicles manufactured at plants in the U.S. Cars.com ranked the 2013 Honda Accord, produced at the company's nearby Marysville, Ohio plant, the
third "Most American"
car on the market (as ranked by number of domestically manufactured parts).
Ford Motor Comp. (
) and Volkswagen AG (
solar power installation projects at their U.S. manufacturing plants.
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1/30/2013 12:53:14 PM
Exactly how many installed MW would be required to reach a guaranteed 50% of electricity requirements in the UK and Europe. Presumably, at 33%, you would require an installed capacity of three times your actual requirements target. What about the additional power-line infrastructure cost from this distributed generation system? Would you reasonably expect the energy storage systems to double or treble or quadruple or more, the cost?. How much land area would be required to facilitate a pumped water energy storage system? and by how much would that further reduce the overall efficiency of the already low efficiency of the system?. Yes, if you have the political and social will, then technical solutions can be found and wind and solar can make a contribution, but at what cost? How many schools and hospitals will society have to forego to pay for an inefficient electricity generating system whose only redeeming features are a lack of CO2 during generation and a boost to the concrete and steel industries.
I am no huge fan of LWR/PWR nuclear reactors, although they have proven to be safer than coal, gas, hydro, solar or wind, albeit at a price greater than coal or gas. A shift to molten salt reactor technology, with thorium and/or uranium, would eliminate all of the negatives inherent in today's solid fuel reactors. And this could be achieved at a fraction of the cost of low density generation systems as well as cheaper than coal or gas.
1/31/2013 9:21:10 AM
How is nuclear safer than solar or wind?
I agree that MSR reactors are worth exploring, particularly using thorium. Norway's all over it:
"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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