Even World-Renowned Educational Institutions Greenwash: Yale’s Becton Lab Wind Turbines
Published 17th October 2009 - 5 comments - 2210 views -
So it seems I've uncovered a a good deal of misleading information released by my university about these recently-installed micro-wind turbines on the roof of our science labs. Watch the video below to see for yourself.
Analysis of Yale's Micro-Wind Turbines
It just goes to show you: greenwashing is everywhere; not just in the companies trying to tell you that bottled water is good for the environment.
Now, of course these turbines have educational value and I'm not attacking the fact that they are up there. I'm just remarking that it is severly misleading to promote this system as something putting a dent in Yale's carbon emissions since there are much more effective ways to use the money that was used to install them.
On a side note, I did a bit of an investigation into the educational value of the turbines and I interviewed Yale Engineering Professor, Alessandro Gomez. It seems the educational potential of the system is not being fully realized without meterological equipment to monitor wind speed and I would urge my school to invest in this equipment. Here are some clips from the interview.
Inverview With Engineering Professor
And, for those of you who would like to check my numbers I use in the first video, here's where I got them from:
Yale Office of Sustainability Article (Published power output of 26 MWhrs/yr)
Micro Wind Turbine Company Website (with price of the turbines)
Cost of Connecticut Electricity (I averaged it to be about $0.10 per kWhr)
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