windpower in Hull, Mass.

Is Scituate Wind Outproducing Hullwind ?


Kingston’s 4 turbines, at 2 megawatts each

We paid a visit to our neighbor Scituate, MA’s recently installed 1.5 megawatt windmill.   Conveniently, we were able to read its output meter.   We were curious, and likely some townspeople in Scituate will be curious too, how much energy it has produced since its inception at the beginning of April, 2012.   The meter told the story, have a look for yourself (sorry our image can’t be bigger).

If you can make it out, you’ll see it says   “849,467”    That is telling how many Kilowatt-hours of electric energy production came out between beginning of April and 21st of July.   The total length of time here is    111 days.    So let’s do a little processing of these numbers.

Utilities measure energy to include the hours — hence Kilowatt-hours, not simply Kilowatts.   On this basis, we have   849,467 (divided by)   111  days   (divided by )  24 hours giving us an average power over those one hundred eleven days = 318.9 KW.      This can then be re-expressed as a percentage of the machine’s maximum (‘rated’) power output.   Which in this case is 1.5 megawatts, or 1500 kilowatts.   So then our final calculation is the following:      318.9 (divided by) 1500 =  21.3 %.

OK, let’s proceed the 5 miles or so northward to Hull.   They will have experienced roughly the same winds during those same  111 days .   How did Hull, with its 1.8 megawatt machine do, how was its production, in that very same period of 111 days since early April ?    We have a reliable answer, thanks to the good MMWEC people in Ludlow, Mass, relayed to us further from the Wizards Corner people at .     The output from Hull Wind 2 in that same period was   700, 181 KW-hrs.    Hull’s calculations therefore run this way.      700,181 (divided by) 111 (divided by) 24 =  262.8 KW (avg.)     This average, divided by the rated capacity of 1800 KW gives Hull’s Capacity Factor :   14.5 %

This proves that Scituate’s new wind turbine has outperformed Hull 2 during this exact period.   Interestingly enough, the Hull 2 turbine came rated at a slightly higher maximum capacity (1.8 megawatts, compared to 1.5 megawatts).   So we theoretically would have found Hull’s machine outproducing Scituate’s.    But many factors go into all of this, including the height above ground of the turbine’s nose-cone.   Notus1 in Falmouth is at 77 meters, while Hull’s is at 60 meters.     That Falmouth machine’s output is web-available at    Admirable transparency there at Notus1 !

Author: Malcolm Brown

emeritus professor of philosophy, Brooklyn College (CUNY), special interest in Early Academy. I taught early Greek philosophy until the time of my early retirement in 1987. My research aimed to clarify the work of men around Plato, scientific and mathematical experts. This website aims to extend this work of clarification.

2 thoughts on “Is Scituate Wind Outproducing Hullwind ?

  1. Given the theories, what is your take on it?

  2. I do in fact have a take on various points here. I happily join the forces of improve-thru-comparison. Rivalry, you might call it, but always goodnatured.

    Topmost point here the Transparency. Notus -1 in Falmouth wins this race handily. With lots of help from the Powerdash people, who boost many renewable projects across the country, solar, wind, other, by putting onto the web timely and uptodate production info — and history and other info too.

    Second point is about rated-capacities. Back when Hull Wind 1 was new (late 2001), our 0.660 MW machine was the largest on the East Coast. Now, just in Kingston alone (30 mi. south of us), we see a set of 4 machines, at 2.0 MW apiece. None of them a half-year old yet ! Great if their managers/owners will let us send output numbers up here, to the web.

    Brands ? There’s a range of them already here. Just keep a list: Princeton Mass. has a pair of their Fuhrlaender’s, NoFossilFuels LLC’s a threesome of Gamesa’s, Twn of Kingston’s one Hyundai, Hull’s pair of Vestas machines, Ipswich Muni Light’s GE, Holy Name in Worcester has a Powerwind. That’s six different brands, some European, some American, some Asian. Close monitoring of all of them, that’s the best. They’re all (of course) globalized companies.

    Lots more work to be done. Much of it in the line of monitoring and reporting. Too big a load of info ? Let’s not feel troubled about that. After all we wouldn’t want to ‘blame the web’ for too much info. We can always tune out the less valuable stuff, right ?

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