Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wind Power is the coolest thing ever.


I’ve been learning a lot about this renewable energy resource and I’m just enthralled. Wind power is a conversion of energy. Turbines are used to harness the power of the wind and convert it into usable electricity. A piece of property with numerous turbines strategically placed across it is called a wind farm. Wind farms are typically connected to an electric power transmission network which allows the electricity to be accessible to consumers. Wow.

The northern crest of the Columbia Gorge in the Northwest is lined with turbines. They look like countless little white pinwheels. In reality, they’re about 442 feet tall from the base to the tip of the rotor. And they're amazing! Modern wind turbines are equipped with high-tech computers that process over 200 types of data - from wind speeds and oil temperature to voltage dips on the grid.

About 85,000 people are employed in the wind industry today. As of May 2009, eighty countries have implemented wind power. Wind energy is a growing industry. This isn't news to Windlab Systems. They are a global wind energy development company based in Australia and they've been identifying, securing and developing sites since 2003.

I was connected to Windlab Systems through Alisa Patterson, their Regional Director for the Western United States. Since they’re in the business of leasing land for the construction of wind turbines, they needed some communication materials to help them do their job. That’s where I came in. We’ve been working on establishing a style for Windlab and applying that style to several printed communication pieces. The first is a presentation folder.


This is the job you may have seen on press here last week.


Windlab will now be even better-equipped to continue as an international leader in the wind industry. Thank you for involving me in the process - I heart wind power!



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