From wind to electricity on the Brooklyn waterfront
On the Brooklyn waterfront, “everyone knows it’s windy,” as the old song goes. So what better place to harness the power of the wind to generate electricity?
On Wednesday, Sims Municipal Recycling, which operates the city’s largest recycling facility for metal, glass and plastic on the Sunset Park waterfront, will dedicate its new wind turbine. The turbine, the first of its kind in the New York City area, is slated to generate 100 kwh of electricity for the plant’s operations.
Although the use of wind turbines to generate power is widespread in Europe, with its huge wind farms, the technology has been slow to catch on here. Several recently completed residential buildings, including 388 Bridge St. in Brooklyn, have installed smaller versions of the devices on their rooftops. However, the Sims wind turbine is certainly the city’s largest.
(If you’re wondering about the difference between a wind turbine and a windmill, a wind turbine uses the power of the wind to generate electricity. A windmill uses that same power to grind grain and pump water. Windmills, even in the Netherlands, have been declining since the 19th century.)