Archive for April, 2013

Making Wind Power History :: Decommissioning a Aero Power SL 1500 wind turbine installed in 1981 in Berkeley, CA, USA

On 23 April 2013, I launched an indiegogo crowd funding campaign to raise funds to decommission a freewheeling, derelict 31 year 4 month old Aero Power SL 1500 in Berkeley, CA, USA. It’s taken the better part of a year to perform due diligence and build up a trust relationship with the homeowner of this small wind turbine. The case study can be read here.

Perhaps you reading this, and your organization might be interested in this information, and perhaps  including this announcement on your web site or other [social] media networks. 

Take a moment to check it out on Indiegogo [link is below] and also share it with your friends and colleagues.  All the tools are there. Get perks, make a contribution, or simply follow updates. If enough of us get behind it, we can make ‘Making Wind Power History’ happen!

The campaign only runs until Tuesday, 14 May 2013.

NB: I am in the process of compiling a comprehensive report on the steps taken to decommission this machine. I am donating the wind turbine to UC Berkeley’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab [RAEL] for research and analysis.

Thanks for your consideration!


Motorville :: The Story of the USA’s Addiction to Oil

Ja, I think Patrick Jean  knows how to tell a story. And he got this story about right.

Motorville by Patrick Jean from Iconoclast on Vimeo.


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An engineering generalist with an understanding of sustainable development whose skills set are typically comprised of an amalgam of mechanical and electrical engineering. One who is able to design and assemble systems and components that are comprised of more than one renewable energy (RE) technology i.e. solar, wind, hydro-kinetic (ocean/wave/micro-hydro), biomass, hydrogen fuel cell, geothermal and storage (battery, fly wheel, pumped-hydro). The RE technologies selected depend on one's geographical predisposition, resource availability, the end-use need, practicing conservation (behavioral change) to name a few considerations...

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