If you happen to be in Portland, Oregon like we here at EarthTechling are, you know it is rapidly becoming a major city on the green technology stage. One of the companies with its U.S. headquarters here – wind energy provider Iberdrola Renewables – is trying to show its softer side to the public today via a kid-friendly event at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) called Wind Power Works!
We were at the kick off yesterday for the two day public event to see what it was all about. There was the usual opening remarks from company officials and stump speeches from local politicians such as Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who both spoke about the importance of creating green jobs in the Northwest. More interestingly, Iberdrola Renewables brought along a slew of its employees to answer questions and talk about some of the many facets which go into wind energy development and production. Present at the event were displays which let viewers see real time information on lighting strikes near wind farms, nationwide energy generation by wind farm and numbers of birds near wind turbines; let people ask questions of and see the gear of those who scale wind turbines to do their work; and, for the kids, let them build their own mini-wind turbines which could be tried out in a small wind machine.
Present as well at the event was a real meterology tower used for field surveys to measure wind capacities at potential wind farm sites. This tower, by size alone, was not one of the tallest ones a person might see out in the field. Birds were also a major highlight, with a variety of rescued raptors on display from Blue Mountain Wildlife. If you are curious to know more about what goes into wind energy production, this free event located on OMSI’s front plaza and in the non-ticket needed part beyond the ticket booths inside is worth checking out. It runs today from 10am to 4pm.
“OMSI is pleased to be partnering with Iberdrola Renewables in creating this fun event where our visitors can learn more about the important relationship between energy and the environment,” said OMSI president Nancy Stueber in a statement. “Wind energy plays a vital role in our organization’s commitment to more long-term, clean energy sources.”