Thursday, August 14, 2008

Tilting at Fort Stockton Windmills

Don Quixote: Dost not see? A monstrous giant of infamous repute whom I intend to encounter.
Sancho Panza: It's a windmill.
Don Quixote: A giant. Canst thou not see the four great arms whirling at his back?
Sancho Panza: A giant?
Don Quixote: Exactly.

Don Quixote: [about to attack the windmill] Ho, there, foul monster! Cease the knocking at thy craven knees and prepare to do battle!

Me thinks Don is preparing to do battle with the mighty T ... (Boone Pickens). Electric power generating windmills have popped up all along Interstate 10 between Ozona and Fort Stockton. On the way out, it looked like there was a string of empty pig flats in the rail yard at the IH-10 overpass. A windmill part marshaling lot sits right next to the rail yard. It was late in the day and the weather was sprinkley, so no stopping on the way out. On the way back, we stopped for a few quick shots. These are nothing special but I wanted some kind of images of the windmill part area. The rail yard was unfortunately empty. Here's a few of the windmill pictures. Note the blue banner on the windmill tower segment proudly display's the manufacturer's name - Vestas. Some info on Vestas copied from Wikipedia:

Vestas is a Danish company that designs, manufactures, sells, erects and services wind turbines. Founded in 1945 by Peder Hansen from the small town of Lem with the name Vestjysk Stålteknik A/S (West-Jutlandish steel technology), as a manufacturer of household appliances, the company progressed to the manufacture of agricultural equipment in 1950, intercoolers in 1956, hydraulic cranes in 1968, and began the manufacture of wind turbines in 1979.

In 2003, the company merged with the Danish wind turbine manufacturer NEG Micon to create the largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world under the name Vestas Wind Systems A/S. Vestas has installed turbines in 60 countries and employs more than 15,000 people globally.[2]


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