Wind turbine launch ceremony today

July 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

MOREHEAD CITY — A new wind turbine at N.C. State University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology will generate more than power.

A launch ceremony will unveil the vertical axis turbine developed by GreenSky Wind Systems Inc. and installed at the CMAST site through a public-private partnership between GreenSky, CMAST and Carteret Community College.

The ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today, July 26 and is open to the public. CMAST is located at 303 College Circle on the Carteret Community College campus in Morehead City.

The turbine will generate power while serving as a demonstration project to help educate the public about the benefits of small wind power as a viable, clean source of energy.

“We are excited to partner with GreenSky Wind Systems, Carteret Community College and the N.C. Solar Center to provide a demonstration project of small-scale wind energy in the coastal zone, and to qualify the amount of electricity generated so that consumers can make informed decisions when considering the purchase of a small-scale wind turbine,” CMAST Director Dr. David Eggleston said via an announcement of the project.

The Solar Center will be monitoring the turbine’s output and generating independent data on proficiency.

There will be an educational billboard on the site that will explain how the turbine works, its benefits and potential applications.

And what they’ll see will be noticeably different from the windmill-like turbines commonly known to the public.

Raleigh-based GreenSky is a leading innovator in the development of vertical axis wind turbines and is unveiling the ZEPHYRE 1.2 kW system

The 8-foot by 7-foot turbine is being mounted on a 30-foot mast and its array of panels called airfoils rotate around the post.

The ZEPHYRE’s design includes an anti-vibration system and is said to operate silently and more efficiently.

“This is more efficient. It can begin producing power at about half the wind speed (of horizontal axis turbines … and it can harness wind from multiple directions),” said Chris Wollman of GreenSky Wind Systems.

He said it operates silently and rotates with fewer revolutions per minutes, which results in less wear and tear and greater durability. The ZEPHYRE is said to require little maintenance for 30 years.

It is engineered to survive wind speeds of up to 135 mph and can be mounted on a mast or rooftop.

“The location, expertise and feedback provided by these two institutions will further validate our technological advances and enable us to take further steps to efficiently harness this untapped, abundant and clean natural resource,” GreenSky Founder and President Quenten Ankria said in a statement.

The CMAST facility sits along Bogue Sound, and Eggleston said the location is an attractive venue for the public to learn more about wind energy as well as another on site example of coastal sustainability.

A shoreline restoration project on the sound-side of the building creates habitat for marine life while capturing stormwater runoff from parking lots to preserve water quality.

For more information on the project, contact Chris Wollman at 919-801-6215 or

Contact Daily News reporter Jannette Pippin at 910-382-2557 or


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