Frequently Asked Questions

(1) Your project appears to be very complex?

Not at all, we have a very simple philosophy, to generate energy with zero CO2 emissions.

Our 3 main work areas are:

  • Integrated and staged development of data-center or other intensive energy consuming industries and captive renewable energy generation.
  • Data-center energy demand provides ready market and load bank for renewable power to diminish early stage project hurdles (grid capacity).
  • Integration of wind energy production with other renewable technologies to overcome need for fossil-fuel back-up generation.

(2) How much electricity will your projects produce?

Our projects have the following potential:

Dallam Ranch – onshore

  • Area : 8,000 acres
  • No. of Turbines : Up to 100
  • Park Capacity : 330Mw
  • Annual Load Factor : 41%
  • Annual Availability : 95%
  • Annual Production: 1,185GWhrs

Mustang – offshore

  • Water Depth : 60 to 75 feet
  • Distance offshore: 6.0 miles (9.7 km) to 10.3 miles (16.5 km)
  • Area : 26,210 acres
  • No. of Turbines : approx. 200
  • Park Capacity : approx. 1.2 GW
  • Annual Load Factor : 37%
  • Annual Availability : 94%
  • Annual Production: approx. 3600GWhrs

Rio Grande North and South- offshore

  • Water Depth : 55 to 88 feet
  • Distance offshore: 4.25 miles (6.8 km) to 10.3 miles (16.5 km)
  • Total area (north and south sites): 41,466 acres
  • No. of Turbines : approx. 160 per site
  • Park Capacity : approx. 1.0 GW per site
  • Annual Load Factor : 37%
  • Annual Availability : 94%
  • Annual Production: approx. 3000GWhrs per site

(3) How big are your offshore turbines?

Large modern class 4 offshore wind turbines have rotor diameters of up to 126 meters, towers range from 80 to100 meters in height, depending on the site specific conditions.

(4) How strong does the wind have to blow for the wind turbines to work?

Our 6Mw offshore wind turbines start operating at wind speeds of 3.5 meters per second (around 8 miles an hour) and reach maximum power output at around 14 meters/second (around 31 miles per hour). At very high wind speeds, i.e. gale force winds, (30 meters/second, 67+ miles/hour) wind turbines shut down.

(5) How fast do the blades turn?

The blades on our 6MW offshore turbine rotate at anything between 6.9 to 12.1 revolutions per minute.

(6) How much of the time do wind turbines produce electricity?

A modern wind turbine produces electricity 70-85% of the time, but it generates different outputs dependent on wind speed. Over the course of a year, it will generate about 40% of the theoretical maximum output. This is known as its load factor. The load factor of conventional power stations is on average 50%.

(7) How much electricity does one wind turbine produce?

One 6 MW wind turbine will generate enough electricity to meet the annual needs of over 1400 Texan homes. (Based on 14,288KwPA consumption per household)

(8) How long does it take for a turbine to ‘pay back’ the energy used to manufacture it?

The comparison of energy used in manufacture with the energy produced by a power station is known as the ‘energy balance’. It can be expressed in terms of energy ‘pay back’ time, i.e. as the time needed to generate the equivalent amount of energy used in manufacturing the wind turbine or power station.

The average wind farm in the US will pay back the energy used in its manufacture within six to eight months, this compares favorably with coal or nuclear power stations, which take about six months.

(9) How efficient are wind turbines?

The theoretical maximum energy which a wind turbine can extract from the wind blowing across it is just under 60%, known as the Betz limit. However the meaning of efficiency is a redundant concept to apply to wind energy, where the fuel is free. The primary concern is not the efficiency for its own sake, but to improve productivity in order to bring the price of wind energy down.

People often confuse efficiency with intermittency.

(10) How safe is wind energy?

Wind energy is one of the safest energy technologies. It is a matter of record that no member of the public has ever been injured during the normal operation of a wind turbine, with over 25 years operating experience and with more than 70,000 machines installed around the world.

(11) Do wind turbines produce low frequency noise?

There is always low frequency noise present in any ambient quiet background and it can be produced by a variety of man-made sources, including machinery and transport and natural sources such as the sea, wind and thunder. It has been repeatedly shown by measurements of wind turbine noise undertaken in the USA, UK, Denmark and Germany over the past decade, and accepted by experienced noise professionals, that the levels of low frequency noise and vibration radiated from modern, upwind configuration wind turbines are at a very low level, so low that they lie below the threshold of perception.

(12) What happens when the wind stops blowing?

When the wind stops blowing, electricity will continue to be provided by other forms of generation. In the earlier phases, power will be provided from natural gas and electricity from the electricity grid. Once the projects have been developed further, we will look to incorporate additional renewable energy technologies and compressed air energy storage.