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Residents in Wrightington set to fight 90m wind turbine plans

The application to build the development on land near Toogood Lane, Wrightington, was submitted to West Lancashire council earlier this month and has already attracted concern from people living nearby who claim the turbine will have a detrimental effect on the area’s green belt landscape.

Karen Collins, a member of the Wrat Pack (Wrightington Residents Against Turbines), said that residents were worried that they would have to live with the effects of the development for years to come.

She said: “At 90m – almost 300ft – the turbine will be twice the height of the Mormon church spire in Chorley. It will have significant impact on the landscape character.

“The size and scale of this wind turbine is totally inappropriate for a small village. This is commercialisation of the country’s green belt.”

The council’s policy on renewable energy supports the installation of renewable schemes providing there is no negative effect to the local area.

The policy also states that planning permission on green belt land would only be granted in very special circumstances and a planning statement from Freshfields explains that “consideration should be given to the whether the development constitutes” this.

Janet Watt, who has lived in Church Lane, for more than 25 years, is just one of the residents who has objected to the plans.

Among her concerns were the impact of the turbine on the visual amenity for residents and visitors, noise and vibration disturbance, the flicker shadow – the flicker effect from the sunlight shining through the moving blades – and the effect the development could have on the area’s wildlife.

An environment report from the applicant, Freshfield, stated that there are no records of protected or notable species held within the survey area. It also said that although the turbine will be a noticeable feature it is not considered to be out of scale in relation to its surroundings.

If you’ve driven by the University of Guam campus recently, you may have noticed a new feature at Dean’s Circle. UOG director of integrated marketing communications Jonas Macapinlac says the college’s first wind turbine has been up and running since March.

“It is a 65′ tower and a one-kilowatt wind turbine and it’s at Dean’s Circle House 32, the Center for Island Sustainability Model Home, and within the next couple of weeks as we make sure all the settings are correct and the calibrations are correct then we’re going to start collecting data” he said.

The turbine will be used to charge an electric car as well as pump water from water encatchments to the site’s sustainable garden. Macapinlac adds that this turbine complies with requests from the Guam Land Use Commission as neighbors expressed concerns about a 100′ tower’s effects, including noise pollution and how it would fall in the event of a typhoon.


Knights of Columbus spread holiday warmth in Utah

Children throughout Utah in need of a new coat can stay warm this year, courtesy of the annual Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids.

On Dec. 1, families gathered at Catholic Community Services (CCS) in Ogden to receive coats, hats, gloves and scarves at the Coats for Kids distribution. The six Knights councils in northern Utah collected 300 coats, including five dozen donated by United Way of Northern Utah.

Also, “Saint Rose of Lima [Parish] did a fantastic job of collecting slightly used coats, and Your Valet Fine Dry Cleaning donated the dry cleaning of all those coats,” said Joe Hudak, district deputy of the Knights’ District 9.

This was the second year that the Knights in northern Utah distributed in their area; last year, the council at Holy Family Parish donated $1,200 to buy six cases of coats to be given to local children, Hudak said.

This year, “we got the word out to the six councils and together we ordered 16 cases of coats,” he said.

In the Salt Lake area, Coats for Kids started three years ago, said State Deputy Robert Masse, Jr. during the distribution Dec. 15 at CCS’ Saint Vincent de Paul Dining Hall in Salt Lake City.

“It’s grown over the years,” Masse said. “We started out with 150 coats, we’ve gone to 300 and now we’re at 708 coats today.”

Because of the success of the Utah Knights’ Coats for Kids program, the organization’s headquarters hired a video crew and still photographer to document the Dec. 15 distribution, Masse said. “It is nice that we’re being recognized throughout the world.”

Other regional coat distributions are planned, Masse said. “We will do distributions in Wendover and Park City, the Summit County area … and Provo will do some, too.”

The Knights worked with CCS for the coat distribution, and “It’s a great partnership,” said Dennis Kelsch, CCS program coordinator. “We deal with families that have four, five six kids … so all of those are served with new coats, which we can’t provide but the Knights can…. It’s great for our families that can’t afford those kinds of things. They’d have to go with maybe a used coat or no coat, and now they’ve got new coats. They do need these coats, there’s no doubt about it, and we all know what new coats cost.”

Erika Salinas, whose family was among those who braved the snow to go to the distribution, agreed. “It is really a help for us,” she said. “We don’t have enough money to purchase our own coats. It really means a lot to have all of this stuff given out to us. It brings a smile to my little brother and my family.”

Hudak said he was delighted to make a difference. “A lot of what the Knights do is charity,” he said. “We might give a hundred dollars to an organization like YCC, but we don’t really see the impact of that. In this particular case, the brother Knights were actually able to see these kids put these coats on, and it was like Christmas for them. The smiles were incredible. I saw little girls see a coat that they liked and just clutch onto it like it was a baby doll. They wouldn’t let it go. It was heart-warming. Every Knight that I talked to that was involved with this felt that they were doing Christ’s work on earth.”

LED Lantern runs on salt water, doubles as a USB charger

Ever since the earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster that occurred in Japan last year technology has been developed to help if such an event were ever to occur again. One of the biggest problems to overcome in Japan was a lack of power, which has led one Japanese company to create a light that runs purely on salt water.

Green House Co. Ltd. has developed the LED Lantern (GH-LED 10WBW), which contains no battery, instead replacing it with a water bag. A mix of 350 milliliters of water and 16 grams of salt allow the lantern to act as a light source for up to 8 hours. After that, you just refill the bag for another 8 hours of light.

The LED Lantern functions by using the salt water as an electrolyte. Once placed inside the lantern the solution works with magnesium and carbon rods to produce the necessary power for the light. The magnesium rod also needs replacing, but works for at least 120 hours and replacing it with a new rod is thought to be a simple task.

The luminous power of the light is rated at 55 lumen, but the lantern isn’t just limited to acting as a light source. On its casing you will find a USB port, allowing you to plug in and charge other devices. So if you are stuck in a power outage at night you can use the LED Lantern to light the way while it charges your smartphone.

Green House is expected to release the LED Lantern before the end of September in Japan. The one thing not yet know is the price, but due to the limited parts it uses I can’t see this being a very expensive device, but it’s certainly one lots of Japanese households will want to have ready in a cupboard just in case

Cree has been especially busy, unveiling three new products in the past few days. The company announced THE EDGE high output LED series, introduced 150-mm 4HN silicon carbine epitaxial wafers, and expanded its product offering with very low basal plane dislocation 4H silicon carbide epitaxial wafers.

Providing the utmost in safety for such applications as auto dealerships. The EDGE high output area and flood light LED luminaires use 50 percent less energy in most applications compared with the high output sources previously used such as 1000 watt metal halide solutions. Looking at new cars at night used to be problematic at best. THE EDGE provides much better color quality to showcase inventory after dark.

The solution is based on NanoOptic technology that delivers light where it’s needed. Its thermal management qualities enhance reliability and provide more than a decade of near maintenance-free service. THE EDGE reduces energy and maintenance while improving performance and illumination. Contact company for pricing and delivery.

High quality, low micropipe 150-mm 4H n-type SIC epitaxial wafers feature uniform layers as thick as 100 microns. The 150-mm diameter single crystal SIC substrates enable cost reductions and increased throughput. Available in limited quantities. Contact Cree for pricing and availability.