Boston Logon Airport Adds Wind System

AeroVironment Inc., a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, said recently that its Architectural Wind system was installed at Boston's Logan International Airport Office Center as part of a project commissioned by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport).

The installation comprises 20 five-bladed wind turbines and ties in with a comprehensive energy management plan that Massport has established for all its facilities.

"At Massport, we are continually striving to improve our facilities – making them more energy efficient as well as environmentally and user friendly," said Project Manager Terry Civic. "The installation of the Architectural Wind turbines at Logan Airport is one of the many initiatives under way designed to exceed national standards for energy efficiency, and we look forward to significant energy-saving results."

AV's Architectural Wind is a small, modular building-integrated wind turbine system. It is designed for quick and easy installation onto the parapet of a concrete tilt-up, pre-cast, or other low-profile building. Installation results in little or no structural impact and tall support towers are not required. For the Logan Airport installation, AV worked closely with Massport to incorporate the turbines on their building without any occupancy disruptions. The patented design and positioning of the system on a building takes advantage of the natural acceleration in wind speed resulting from the building's aerodynamic properties.

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