Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a wind blade on a wind turbine? Scaling a turbine aside – which certainly isn’t good for your health if you get caught up in the giant turning blades – you are pretty limited to craning your neck upwards below a turbine to guess at how big a typical blade is. GE, in a part publicity stunt part renewable energy rock out, is giving you the chance to find out by touching and standing next to one of its larger blades on a sort of cross country tour.
GE, starting today, is taking one of its 131-foot wind blades over the next 28 days to nine states, including planned stops in South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Texas. It will end its groupie tour in Dallas, Texas, as part of the American Wind Energy Association’s Windpower 2010, the world’s largest wind energy trade show. At each stop one will be able to see just how big a typical blade really is, as well as being able to “sign their name on the blade to pledge their support for a clean energy future and urge America’s leaders to support innovative wind policies.” (corny? You betcha)
“Alternative energy solutions matter,” said Vic Abate, vice president of GE’s Renewable Energy business, in a statement. “America has the power to choose a better energy future. American technology and innovation can create a cleaner, smarter, more efficient energy economy that will create more growth, more exports and more American jobs, but we need the right policy at the Federal level.”