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Project's Objectives

The design of a Wind Energy Park at the local geographical feature of Yankee Ridge in the vicinity of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA.
Yankee Ridge is
a moraine of the Wisconsin glaciation which smoothed out the already flat Illinois landscape.  It extends from north east of the city of Champaign-Urbana,  to the village of Philo and ends at Seven Hills .

Topographical maps of Yankee Ridge
Northwest Champaign to Mahomet, Rising Location
        Southwest Urbana to Philo Location. Robert Nagel.
Southeast Philo, south Sidney, Seven Hills Location
Aerial Photograph of Project Location.
Highest Point in Champaign County.
Choice of Wind Turbines.  General Electric (GE) Turbines
Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul Wind Rose, Champaign, IL. Robert Nagel
Yankee Ridge Wind Turbine Configuration. Stefan Janusz.
Yankee Ridge Northwest of Champaign Photographic Survey. Paul Lenz.
Yankee Ridge Urbana to Philo Location Photographic Survey. Paul Lenz.
Transportation and Access Road Issues. David Lartonoix
          Proposed Route for Transporting Turbines and Machinery Through Champaign County
Application Permits for Transportation on Illinois State and Local Roads. David Lartonoix
          Application for Oversized Load - Illinois Dept of Transportation
          Application for Superload - Illinois Dept of Transportation
          Application for Crane - Illinois Dept of Transportation
End of Yankee Ridge Moraine. Source: Larry Kanfer Gallery. Ryan

Twin Groves Wind Farm, a similar project  Bob Steinmetz
Twin Groves Wind Farm Power Point Presentation. Robert Nagel
Average Wind Speed Data at Willard Airport Champaign, IL. Greg Gugle
Hydrogen Production Potential. Ben Holtzman
Wind Power Economics For Yankee Ridge Wind Park. Rachael Jabusch and Mark E. Hardwidge
           Wind Power Economics -Word Document
           Wind Power Economics - Excel Worksheet
           Wind Power Economics - Powerpoint Presentation

Financial Incentives-Jennifer Gall
Land Ownership for the Yankee Ridge Wind Park -Jason Draper and David Gennardo
Auto-CAD Layout of Yankee Ridge Wind Park - Joel Dixon
          Turbine Design Layout in PDF
          Wind Turbine Layout in North and South Locations in PDF
          Full Auto-CAD Drawing of Project (Requires Auto-CAD software)
Land Prices and Farmer Royalty Payment for Wind Park - Julio Mayen



What's  New

  • Testing web site access to project members, March 12, 2007
  • Adding names of project members to Project Site, March 12, 2007
  • Installing Front Page as a web editor on project computer, April 2, 2007.
  • Project contributors (Spring 2007)

Key Milestones

  • March 12, 2007 - Initiation of Project web site
  • March 13, 2007 - Obtaining contour map of location from University of Illinois Library
  • March 14, 2007 - Obtaining Platt Book from the University of Illinois Extension Service showing land ownership in the Champaign-Urbana area.
  • April 3, 2007 - Aerial photograph obtained using Terraserver from the USA Geological Survey of wind park location.
  • April 3, 2007 - Topographical map obtained using Terraserver from the USA Geological Survey (USGS) of wind park location.
  • Identifying existing electrical power utilities and available power transmission lines and their voltage levels.
  • Obtaining data about wind conditions in the area such as wind roses.
  • Identifying airports, landing approaches and radar sites and checking Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about siting
  • Deciding of power level for first phase of project
  • Deciding on number of turbines and their rated power
  • Choosing manufacturer of turbines
  • Using Google Earth to choose site of the wind turbimes.
  • Perform Environmental Impact Analysis about chosen site.
  • Perform Economical analysis of project.
  • May 2nd, 2007, End of Feasibility Analysis Phase.
  • more ...

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