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Innovative wind tech lands atop Progressive Field

By Brandon Blackwell
On April 4, 2012

  • A helix-shaped wind turbine designed by Cleveland State University Mechanical Engineering professor Majid Rashid is now installed at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The turbine's unique design amplifies the speed of the wind that passes around it, leading to an increase in electricity production from the attached generators. Photo by Brandon Blackwell

The Cleveland Indians has welcomed its newest team member - Cleveland State University.

In a partnership between the Indians and the university, a wind turbine designed by CSU Mechanical Engineering professor Majid Rashidi was installed on the southeast corner of Progressive Field on March 28, 2012.

The massive helical wind turbine will amplify airflow passing over Progressive Field, generating up to 25,000 kilowatt-hours of energy for the ballpark.

"It's an incredible collaborative effort between us and our neighbors down the street, Cleveland State University," said Bob DiBiasio, Indians senior vice president of public affairs.

DiBiasio added that the Indians is the first Major League Baseball team to utilize a wind turbine at their stadium. In 2007, the organization became the first American League team to utilize solar panels.

"With this project we hope to not only benefit the environment by increasing our use of renewable energy, but also help an impressive new technology generate local jobs by taking advantage of Cleveland's great manufacturing workforce and factories," said Brad Mohr, Indians assistant director of ballpark operations.

Rashidi's unique turbine design, construction and installation was funded through grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and employed workers from various companies, including: Lewin and Associates, Burghardt Metal Fabricating Inc., and Astro Manufacturing & Design

"Dr. Rashidi's new technology is playing a significant role in the advancement of wind energy," said CSU President Ronald Berkman. "We are proud to showcase this excting new design in our hometown along with the Cleveland Indians, and use this venue to move the technology closer to commercialization."

The turbine will operate next to a large CSU sign, and is expected to be fully functional in the next couple of weeks. 

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