We visited the wind farm at Burren. The tour guide, Chris, gave us lots of facts about the wind farm. First we went into the control room. There were loads of switches in there to control the electricity. Then we went into one of the turbines. There was a stairs to go to the first floor. There was a ladder to get to the third floor. On the third floor there was a lift.
1. It takes wind speeds of 3m per second to turn the vanes.
2. The turbines were carried to the wind farm by big trucks with trailers 50 meters long.
3. Wind turbines last for 20 years.
4. It costs 6 million Euros to build a wind turbine.
5. A standard wind turbine can power 28,000,000 kettles.
6. The turbines in Burren are 82 m high.
7. The blades are 41m long.
8. The turbines are made in Northern Germany.
9. The turbines are made from steel and fibreglass.
10. The energy that comes from the wind turbines is transported to the local substation at Clashavoon.
11. The turbine exterior isn’t cleaned unless you count the rain.
12. The first wind farm in Ireland was built in 1992 in Bellacorick, Co. Mayo.
13. The wind turbine has a lift.
14. There are eight floors in each windmill.
15. Each wind turbine can produce 20,000 volts.
16. When you are at the top of them you move very slightly with the wind.
17. The Red light in the centre is mainly for monitoring the wind speed so the windmill can shut down if necessary
18. They last twenty years each.
19. A standard Wind Turbine can power 13,479 fridges.
20. If the vanes move at more than 27m/sec they automatically stop turning for safety reasons.