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2007/22/1 Wind turbine model, plastic / aluminium / wood, maker unknown, made for Great Southern Energy and Pacific Power, Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia, 1998. Click to enlarge.

Model wind turbine

Made 1998

The model represents mainstream wind turbine technology, the worldwide move towards increased use of renewable energy, and the process of community consultation that takes place before a wind farm is developed.

Many designs of wind turbine have been trialled, and the horizontal axis type has proven most efficient. Different blade profiles have been trialled, as have different numbers of blades. The model represents the design that was most common at the turn of the twentieth century: horizontal...

Summary

Object No.

2007/22/1

Object Statement

Wind turbine model, plastic / aluminium / wood, maker unknown, made for Great Southern Energy and Pacific Power, Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia, 1998

Physical Description

Wind turbine model, plastic / aluminium / wood, maker unknown, made for Great Southern Energy and Pacific Power, Crookwell, New South Wales, Australia, 1998

Horizontal axis turbine comprising a tapered cylindrical support tower surmounted by a box which represents the nacelle and contains an electric motor. Three tapered blades are attached to the rotating front part of the nacelle. Electric wires run from the motor down the inside of the tower and out through the base to allow remote operation. All parts are painted white. The wind turbine has a wooden crate custom built for the model.

Dimensions

Height

1470 mm

Width

902 mm

Depth

205 mm

Production

Notes

It is not known who made the model. It represents turbines made by Vestas, a major wind turbine manufacturer headquartered in Denmark.

Made

1998

History

Notes

In 1998 the model was used by electricity retailer Great Southern Energy and generator Pacific Power to enable residents of Crookwell to visualise the eight turbines, each rated at 600 kW, that were planned to be installed on a local property owned by grazier Hazel Seaman.

In 1999 the model was lent to the Museum for display as a working object in 'Engineering Excellence', an annually changing section of the long-term 'Success and Innovation' exhibition. The Crookwell wind farm had been highly commended in the Environment category of the 1998 Engineering Excellence award scheme conducted by the Sydney Division of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

In 2001 the model was placed on working display in the Museum's long-term exhibition 'Ecologic: creating a sustainable future' along with full-size objects and models representing a range of energy-generation and energy-efficient technologies.

When Pacific Power ceased to exist in January 2000, ownership of the model was transferred to Eraring Energy, which continued the loan agreement and later donated it to the Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Eraring Energy, 2007

Acquisition Date

27 February 2007

Cite this Object

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Model wind turbine 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 15 October 2019, <https://ma.as/261997>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display at the Powerhouse Museum.

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