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This week’s Wind Study question uses math and percentages to solve two homework problems related to turbine siting, wake loss, and energy production.
We’ll need your help determining estimated energy production values, on both an annual basis and for a particular month. (But don’t worry – this week’s question has all the information you’ll need to calculate these values!)
While there’s a common misconception that the materials “concrete” and “cement” are the same, there’s in fact a very big difference between them!
In the latest installment of Science Shorts, Field Engineer Erica explains the difference between concrete and cement. She’ll share details about how concrete is made, and why it matters for wind energy construction. (We’ll give you a hint – One Energy turbine foundations require a LOT of these materials!)
View the video below to understand the difference between cement and concrete, or watch and subscribe via our YouTube channel.
On Monday, we shared homework questions about the delivery of crucial wind turbine components – specifically, how long it would take for components to arrive, and the speed at which the trucks shipping the components were traveling. (Download the questions here.)
See how you did on this first Wind Study of 2021 – download this week’s Wind Study answers.
Safety is more than just following the rules. As One Energy CEO Jereme Kent explains, many construction companies experience common safety issues in the field because “it’s the system that’s broken.”
In today’s Safety Minute, Jereme introduces a new series exploring common safety problems in wind energy construction. At One Energy, we believe the first line of safety is engineering controls – and we’ll share how One Energy has put this belief into practice, to address known safety risks before employees head to the field.
In future episodes, we’ll take a deeper dive into the most common safety issues, sharing One Energy’s approach to fixing systems that has failed field teams in the past. Together, we can make the field – and the wind industry – safer from the ground up.
Watch the video below, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss a minute.
If you have seen One Energy’s office at the North Findlay Wind Campus, you know that much of the wall space is covered in magnets. There are hundreds of One Energy magnets and magnets with our turbine logo, and in the mix you can find individually chosen magnets people picked up somewhere along the way. There’s also a pretty good collection of plastic letters – the kind you use on the kitchen refrigerator to teach little kids the alphabet.
In the mix of random letters, you’ll find the occasional word or phrase someone has put together. For example, one refrigerator in the kitchen says “snacks” and one says “dranks” – I assume because no one searched hard enough to find an “i”! And it’s entirely possible there’s a word or two that you wouldn’t want to be teaching your little kids on your own kitchen refrigerator – but hey, it’s One Energy.
The other day, I collected the letters I needed to put “WE COUNT” on the front of my desk. As Head of Accounting, that seemed appropriate. Someone asked if the double meaning was intentional – YES, of course it was! We’re in the Accounting Department where we count stuff all the time. But also, what we do counts. Our work matters in the grand scheme of operating a business, both in terms of compiling information that tells the story of where we have been, and of using that information to create a vision of where we want to be and the path we can use to get there. And in most cases, the compilation of that information is critical to the ability to obtain the financing needed to travel that path and to achieve those goals. In other words, counting counts!
In a building filled with magnetic walls, I can easily use magnets to remind my team of how valuable they are. In fact, I was able to find some very appropriate ones to give out during the holidays. While I hope they already know how important they are, the visual reminder certainly helps – and I hope it makes them smile of even laugh out loud in the midst of a challenging day.
It’s important to make the most of our opportunities to let people know they matter. Recently, I lost my aunt to complications of a brain tumor. I was fortunate to have the chance to tell her in recent weeks how influential she had been in my life, how much she mattered to me and to my kids. I let her know that she counts – then, now, and always. While relationships with my team members are of course different from those with family, the same idea applies.
We have all had influential people in our lives who have encouraged and supported us on our journey. People who taught us, mentored us, and acted as our role models. People who challenged us and inspired us. People who contributed to the core of who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Take a moment – while the moment is still available – to tell them that they count.
Anne Bain is the Head of Accounting at One Energy.
But how does one prepare for a rescue scenario that could take place 205 feet in the air?
The answer is training – and lots of it! One Energy’s technicians complete a rigorous Tower Rescue Training program, so that they are prepared for anything that could happen up tower.
The One Energy team has helped author wind turbine tower rescue programs for some of the industry’s largest companies and has trained contractors, technicians, and fire departments around the country in wind turbine tower rescue.
This week’s Wind View is a behind-the-scenes look at a Tower Rescue Training exercise, with two participants descending from our in-house training tower, located at OE headquarters in Findlay, Ohio.
Welcome back – below is the first Wind Study homework question of 2021!
One Energy’s wind turbines feature components (such as tower sections, blades, hub, generator, and nacelle) that must travel to our turbine yard located in Findlay, Ohio. In this week’s question, we need your help to determine how long it will take for certain components to arrive, as well as the average speed a component is traveling.
Interested in learning more about wind turbine components? Check out the image below, and visit page 4.1 Energy Terminology.
Wind turbine foundations are larger than you might think!
When a turbine is fully installed, the foundations are mostly hidden from view – however, they actually measure 59 feet in diameter and are excavated approximately 8 feet deep.
One Energy foundations require approximately 300 cubic yards of high-strength concrete and are completed monolithically, meaning the foundations are installed in two concrete pours.
In the Wind Views photo below, a One Energy foundation pour is shown, with Construction Team Technicians working to place and consolidate concrete from the Telebelt throughout the form.
Why are wind turbines painted white*?
Why not purple, green, or black?
Well, white* is a neutral color, so on a cloudy day, the turbines blend in with the sky. This helps wind turbines fade into the horizon, maintaining scenic views as much as possible – though we think wind turbines are pretty cool to look at!
White* also stands out from above, making turbines easily visible for the pilots flying overhead who need to avoid them.
Finally, turbines are white* because it is a reflective color. The hue reflects the sun’s rays and helps keep the turbine cool, which in turn helps the turbine last longer (and keeps our technicians happy while working inside!).
*Another fun fact: not all turbines are white – including those installed by One Energy! The Federal Aviation Administration sets forth acceptable colors for wind turbines, ranging from pure white to light gray. One Energy’s turbines are the light gray shade (RAL 7035, to be exact!).
Success is a dynamic concept. For many, it takes the form of the goals at specific moments in your life. When I was 5, for example, my measure of a successful person was if they were a “billion-quadrillionaire.” Assuming that’s in U.S. dollars, that benchmark is more money than currently exists in the world. Nice try, young Chelsea.
So how do you become successful?
Success is unique and personal. It is immeasurable at times and so clearly tangible at others. Perhaps your measure of success is being happy with your personal life or maybe it’s taking over the world. You define and evaluate your own success.
For those who don’t know me, I am a young executive at a complex and innovative business that is just over a decade old. Our company is built for the future yet exists in a world that is not always keen on change. I’ve spent my career climbing the ladder of a start-up that has grown immensely and faced incredible hurdles; in that time I’ve learned an unfathomable amount. I have come to the brink of my sanity more times than is reasonable, and it’s safe to say that my career often supersedes my life. This requires a lot of self-reflection.
For people like me, success is not straightforward. Life throws us curveballs and by rule of comparison, there is always someone hitting the ball better. In this time of a pandemic, a recession, and a record-breaking election, I’d like to share something that changed my life and shaped my definition of success.
Five years ago, I met a local executive who became someone I looked up to. This executive was nearing retirement, had a loving family, a successful career, and a team of people who adored and admired him. He also had a handwritten list of reminders in his desk to help him keep his head screwed on straight.
This executive passed away somewhat abruptly. A few months later, I received an email with an attachment. The document, titled “Life Lessons” stated the following:
- Always maintain a good sense of humor.
- Exercise every day, even if you don’t feel like it.
- Don’t spend more money that you make.
- Love at first sight isn’t a fable.
- You must be able to forgive even if it is difficult to do so.
- Try to not take yourself so seriously.
- Love is not easy; sometimes you have to work at it.
- Use your common sense – it is usually the most reasonable answer to every situation.
- Life is a gift.
- Stay curious.
- Your family and friends are the most precious thing you will ever have in life.
- Focus brings focus.
- Prepare relentlessly.
- Stand up to bullies.
- An unexamined life is not one worth living.
- Hanging onto the past limits your future.
I pass along this list to every new employee I work with. I share it to remember his legacy, but also to let my team members know that I want them to choose their own path. While success is personal, I want to share in (and contribute towards) their achievements.
Since reading and absorbing my mentor’s list, I have created my own. I read it daily, so I can remember what matters most to me. It helps me prioritize and reminds me that my definition of success involves staying true to who I am.
So how does one become successful? There is no single answer. But every day is an opportunity to live your life (and define success) by your own standards. Become the best version of yourself, and you might as well have a billion-quadrillion dollars.
Chelsea Bumb is the Head of Construction at One Energy.