View Full Version : Wind Power, Is it used on Mt Washington?

03-17-2007, 10:46 PM
I have wondered for sometime now if Mt Washington takes advantage of
the winds and generate Renewable Energy from them?
Is this practical?
Just wondering while I was momentarily thinking of our earth.....


Mike D
03-18-2007, 12:15 AM
Because the weather is often so extreme, we do not use wind generation at the summit. Mount Washington is in the fog more than 60% of the time, the mean annual temperature is around 27 deg F, and the wind speed reaches hurricane force (74+ MPH) more than 100 days each year. Combined, these factors mean that very often, tiny water droplets traveling at highway speeds are propelled at sub-freezing surfaces. The result is what we call rime ice. Its feathery patterns can be quite beautiful to the outdoor enthusiast, but its the stuff of nightmares for mechanical engineers.

In other words, the wind turbines wouldn't generate enough electricity to run the heaters to de-ice their blades.

03-18-2007, 02:18 PM
Thanks Mike D,
Its a great trade off!
Enjoy spring.