Lincoln Electric has stepped further into the world of renewable energy by building a wind tower on the grounds of its world headquarters and manufacturing campus in Euclid, Ohio, just east of downtown Cleveland.
The tower, measuring 443 feet tall from base to the tip of its blades, is nearly as tall as a 45-story building. The 2.5 megawatt turbine is expected to generate up to 10 percent of the energy used for Lincoln Electric’s main plant in Euclid and save the company up to $500,000 a year in energy costs. The structure, one of the largest urban wind towers in North America, evolved out of a strategic partnership between Lincoln Electric and the Great Lakes Energy Development Task Force.
Aimed at creating a viable market for renewable energy in Northeast Ohio, the Task Force is a successful model of private/public collaboration. Its members include the Cleveland Foundation, Case Western Reserve University, the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, the Fund for Our Economic Future through Nortech, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority and the Generation Foundation.
“The tower represents important cost savings, as well as our commitment to integrating renewable energy sources, among other ongoing green initiatives, into our manufacturing processes,” says George Blankenship, president, Lincoln Electric North America. “It stands as a visible symbol of Lincoln Electric’s commitment to the wind tower industry by showcasing the benefits our welding solutions offer to a prominent, fast-growing business segment.”
- Measures 443 feet tall from the tower base to the tip of the blade
- Features three blades, each measuring 164 feet from the center of the hub to the blade tip
- Has 595 cubic yards of concrete in the foundation base and pedestal
- Contains 65 tons of reinforced steel rebar in the base/pedestal
- The 2.5 megawatt turbine is capable of producing enough energy to power 686 homes
A portion of funding for the $5.9 million project came from a $350,000 loan from Cuyahoga County, while another $1.125 million in funds came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 via a State Energy Program Grant from the Ohio Department of Development and the U.S. Department of Energy. Lincoln Electric funded the remainder of the cost. The company, however, credits the assistance of the local, state and federal governments with making this landmark project a reality.
Source: Lincoln Electric