What Building a Wind Farm Entails

If you want to help supply the energy consumption needs of the nation, why not harness wind power? Currently, various offshore oil reserves are being explored for additional fuels, and the different sources of renewable energy are being tapped. However, out of the estimated 4.099 trillion kWh produced by the country in 2011, only 5.3% came from renewable energy (source: CIA). That means the wind power generation industry still has room for improvement.

Should you decide to build a wind farm, you have to plan your operations down to the last detail. It will take years to complete such a project from the ground up, but the rewards should be well worth all the time and effort.

You can begin by consulting professionals and government agencies on finding a location rich in wind resources. Wind maps or special measurement tools may be used to identify these sites. If the site happens to be wildlife habitat, it should be avoided to limit any ecological upset.

Next, find high-capacity wind turbines and other equipment for power production and monitoring. Modern turbines and towers can be as high as skyscrapers and often weigh tons, so find suitable heavy haul trucks to transport your giant machinery.

You must also comply with federal and state-specific regulations on electricity production and distribution. Refer to the appropriate authorities to obtain complete information and assistance for your wind farm project.

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Maintaining the Quality of Central Mixed Concrete

If the quality of the materials used are less than satisfactory, then a construction project is liable to fail sooner rather than later. As such, producers and distributors of central mixed concrete make it a point to produce and deliver products according to the highest industry standards.

Production

Aggregates and paste make up the two basic ingredients of a good concrete recipe. As with any manufactured good or product, the ingredients must be mixed using the right tools and methods. To this end, producers of central mixed concrete need to acquire a concrete batch plant that is in excellent condition. The automated controls ensure that all ingredients are properly measured and mixed. With durable, sealed drums and modern controls, the materials can be combined free of impurities and maintain their consistency.

Delivery

As the final product is transported to the construction site, its uniformity and workability should be protected. Improperly agitating the concrete during transport or prolonging delivery to the job site can only diminish the product’s quality. Likewise, using a poorly designed truck or carrying out deliveries when environmental conditions are not optimal may ruin the product completely. Given these factors, concrete suppliers would do well to invest in sturdy and functional truck mixers as well as plan delivery to the job site within specific ideal minutes or revolutions.

The “Run Out of Oil” Rhetoric

How many times have you read or heard that “the Earth will run out of oil by 20XX?” In 2013 alone, global daily production broke the 90 million mark. This number is projected to increase in the coming years. David Biello, editor for Scientific American, says the world may or may not run out of oil, depending on your point of view.

Does “running out of oil” mean draining the Earth of its reserves or making the ability to harvest those reserves more difficult? Biello says the Earth has all but run out of oil in the shallow shales and fields. However, beyond the reaches of the world’s deepest drilling rigs lies an estimated trillion barrels’ worth of reserves.

Oil production, on the other hand, is the more pressing matter. As reserves get harder to reach, technology must adapt and enable deeper drilling than ever before. The cost of drilling to greater depths consequently increases, which leads to a corresponding rise in oil prices. In other words, technology must continue to evolve if the petroleum industry wants to keep the rigs pumping.

This early, however, the industry is tapping into other potential sources such as shales and tar sands, cutting imports in recent years. At the same time, drilling rigs must become more powerful and efficient to reach unprecedented depths.